Re: When is it "open source" and not "open-source"? (Hyphenation puzzlement)

Subject: Re: When is it "open source" and not "open-source"? (Hyphenation puzzlement)
From: "Edgar D' Souza" <edgar -dot- b -dot- dsouza -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: janice -dot- gelb -at- oracle -dot- com
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 11:29:14 +0530

On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 9:41 AM, Janice Gelb <janice -dot- gelb -at- oracle -dot- com> wrote:
> We hyphenate "open source" when used as a modifier.
> I think all of your examples should be hyphenated.
> I suspect the last one is causing the most hesitation
> because the sentence is worded awkwardly regardless of
> whether you hyphenate "open source." (It would exhibit
> the same problem if it said "There is increasing demand
> for relational database professionals.") If you reword
> the last sentence as "Demand is increasing for
> professionals with experience in administering open-
> source environments" or whatever, I think your problem
> will disappear :->

Thanks very much for your help and advice, Janice. Some of the awkward
constructions were in quoted speech (interview replies) which I
normally avoid rewriting as much as possible. Still, rewriting the
awkward ones did solve the problem, and since the article goes back to
the author and the source for review, I think that should cover it.
Whew! :-)

Thanks again,

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