Re: UK Style Guides

Subject: Re: UK Style Guides
From: Damien Braniff <dbraniff -at- iss-dsp -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 14:04:07 +0000

> Grace,

In over 15 years writing the only UK style guides I've come across have been:

military guides
one or two house styles

In most cases they were so wooly as to next to useless - a lot of it was a
matter of interpretation. At one place I worked we got around this by:

creating a model chapter detailing how heading, body text, lists etc
were done. This was the main reference -in essence it was a template
that eveyone followed. (Being for the MoD we got it signed off
first!)

A list of preferred spelling, abbreviations etc.

This was initially going to be the basis of a style guide but it never got that
far - what was there worked fine and nobody saw the need (or had the time!) to
progress it any further.

If you're creating your own in-house guide then I'd suggest you sit down and
decide exactly what you NEED in it, what you'd LIKE in it and go from there.

Damien Braniff


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