Letter: In brief

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The Independent Culture
Sir: The debate over the spelling of "e-mail" (letters, 17, 21 August) should take note of what will happen when the word is typeset and must be divided at the end of a line. With "e-mail", many of the now ubiquitous automated word-division programs will end the line at "e-", which is ugly but readable; with "email", those programs will produce "em-ail", which will mislead the reader every time.

ERIC VAN TASSEL

Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire

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