Hi,
I have some text which is a tip for a text field directly above it on a web page.
The tip is as follows :
(Enter Patch Numbers, separated by a comma)
I believe this can be better rephrased as :
1. (Enter a comma separated list of Patch Numbers)
2. (Enter a comma-separated list of Patch Numbers)

Which of the above is correct ? Any other possible options which sound better ?
Thanks
Abhinav
(While running Spell Check, the 2nd option was termed wrong suggested replacement for "comma-separated" was "comma separated" as above) Guess that answers the 1st part of my question. What abt the 2nd part ? Emotion: smile
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"Abhinav" schrieb im Newsbeitrag
Hi, I have some text which is a tip for a text field directly above it on a web page. ... comma-separated list of Patch Numbers) Which of the above is correct ? Any other possible options which sound better ?

The hyphenated version is better, because the noun "comma" and the adjective "seaparated" are combined as a single adjective; this is the same principle as with "six-foot man" and "nine-year-old child". In such cases, the hyphen is required. Don't pay too much attention to your spell-chequer.

Whether this is well-phrased depends on who the text is aimed at. If it's likely to be read by computer programmers, you can usually assume that they know what a "comma-separated list" is. In all other cases, I would suggest: "Enter a list of Patch Numbers separated by commas". Less precise, perhaps, but more easily understood.
If the form is very complex, I also suggest setting up a Help page, which can be displayed in a pop-up if conditions permit. You can explain things more fully there for those who are uncertain as to your terminology.
1. (Enter a comma separated list of Patch Numbers) 2. (Enter a comma-separated list of Patch Numbers) Which of the ... wrong(; the) suggested replacement for "comma-separated" was "comma separated" as above) Guess that answers the 1st part of my question.

No, it doesn't! Your spellchecker is wrong! The only acceptable version is the second (except that there's no apparent reason to capitalize , and is wordy).
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1. (Enter a comma separated list of Patch Numbers) 2. ... above) Guess that answers the 1st part of my question.

No, it doesn't! Your spellchecker is wrong! The only acceptable version isthe second (except that there's no apparent reason to capitalize , and is wordy).

What do you suggest as an alternative for "list of"?
Hi, I have some text which is a tip for ... correct ? Any other possible options which sound better ?

The hyphenated version is better, because the noun "comma" and the adjective "seaparated" are combined as a single adjective; this ... cases, I would suggest: "Enter a list of Patch Numbers separated by commas". Less precise, perhaps, but more easily understood.

Thanks !
How about
"Enter Patch Numbers separated by commas" ?
1. (Enter a comma separated list of Patch Numbers) 2. ... above) Guess that answers the 1st part of my question.

No, it doesn't! Your spellchecker is wrong! The only acceptable version is the second (except that there's no apparent reason to capitalize , and is wordy).

I don't think the spellchecker is either right or wrong. The spellchecker recognizes a word as the entity typed. It doesn't recognize a hyphenated combination unless the hyphenated combination is the only combination that can be used.
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How about "Enter Patch Numbers separated by commas" ?

Yes, that's the ticket!
I have some text which is a tip for a text field directly above it on a web page. The tip is as follows : (Enter Patch Numbers, separated by a comma)

Not that I know what patch numbers are and if you'd use them like names, but why not just simply
"Enter patch numbers, separated by commas."
Luca

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I have some text which is a tip for a ... as follows : (Enter Patch Numbers, separated by a comma)

Not that I know what patch numbers are and if you'd use them like names, but why not just simply "Enter patch numbers, separated by commas."[/nq]^
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is the comma required?
How about "Enter patch numbers separated by commas" (As i said in an earlier post)
Thanks
Abhinav
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