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If i am describing a font and i say «it is a sans serif» should i put a hyphen in sans-serif or not? A random amount of googling suggests that both with- and without-hyphen are used, and each one often by a respected authority.

Are there any well documented guidelines?

I'm well aware that many style-guides would recommend a hyphen when “sans serif” is used as an adjective, in for example «the headline should use a sans-serif font», but i'm not really talking about that case.

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  • This is probably cultural. A Brit would hyphenate in many more circumstances than an American would. Neither is right or wrong, merely stylistic.
    – Tetsujin
    May 21 at 16:57
  • sure, i guess. my question is "are there any well documented guidelines?". May 21 at 16:57
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    As you didn't hyphenate well-documented, I guess you should be looking at US-based resources ;)) To a Brit, it sounds odd - imagine the difference, to take a modern cultural filler word 'like'… "Are there any like-minded individuals?" vs. "Are there any, like, minded individuals?" The US un-hyphenated version sounds [reads] like the comma-separated version to a Brit ;))
    – Tetsujin
    May 21 at 16:59
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    haha. i was going to make the same point about finding, well, documented guidelines after you raised the matter. May 21 at 17:09
  • This could turn into a long joke thread [long-joke… long, joke…] if we're not careful, so I'll try my best not to ;)) I don't know of any specific resources, so I'll leave it to the professionals. Wish you luck, all the best :)
    – Tetsujin
    May 21 at 17:12

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