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I need to emphasize one part of a combined word containing a hyphen (cis-Golgi). What would be correct? Including or excluding the hyphen / minus in \emph{}? Does it make a difference?

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closed as off-topic by Manuel, Christian Hupfer, Sean Allred, Malipivo, Jesse Jul 30 '14 at 13:19

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This isn't really a question about TeX since both options are trivial to implement and the question is implementation-agnostic. I would ask on some other site… perhaps Graphic Design? I'm honestly not sure… – Sean Allred Jul 30 '14 at 12:19
@SeanAllred I agree that it's off topic - but it's a nice question with a nice accepted answer. – Ethan Bolker Jul 30 '14 at 12:27
@EthanBolker whoops—the review didn't show me that! I definitely agree with the accepted answer though, and whether it is on/off topic is only part of what makes good question for a give site :) – Sean Allred Jul 30 '14 at 12:29
up vote 8 down vote accepted

Semantically, the emphasis should be on cis only. The cis is italicised because it's a latin abbreviation. You are using the hyphen to indicate a compound name, and the hyphen is not part of the latin word, so it should not be emphasised.

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