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Subject:RE: Tools of the trade - which are best? From:Christi Carew <ccarew -at- rangestar -dot- com> To:'Fawn Houck' <zoe_44 -at- yahoo -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Wed, 18 Oct 2000 12:44:37 -0700
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Fawn Houck [mailto:zoe_44 -at- yahoo -dot- com]
> Subject: Tools of the trade - which are best?
> So, I would appreciate it if some of you could tell me
> what sits on your reference shelf, and what type of
> work you use each reference for (i.e., online
> documentation, style, grammar, hard copy
> documentation, web development, or whatever else you
> might be writing).
- Read Me First A Style Guide for the Computer Industry -- Sun Technical
- MS Manual of Style for Technical Publications
- The AP Style Guide is on my "to buy" list (for press releases mainly)
I prefer the Sun guide to MS, but I'm sure that's my (irrational?) dislike
- The Chicago Manual of Style
- The New York Public Library Writer's Guide to Style and Usage
- Editing for Writers (by Rew)
I think the NY Publick book is very similar to Chicago, and I find the NY
book much easier to read and find things in. It's what my first mentor used.
- a good dictionary
- a good thesaurus
- How to Boss Your Fonts Around (by Williams) if you want to learn more
- The Non-designer's Scan and Print book (by Williams) if you will be doing
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