creating a department style guide

Subject: creating a department style guide
From: "Nancy Mignone" <n_mignone -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 12:43:01 -0600

This is a question that would require pages to answer in detail. I am looking only for a few general suggestions.
I am tasked with creating our department style guide. I need to present a proposal of how I intend to accomplish this.
Could you please tackle any of the questions below:
In what format should I create the style guide?
How much material and how many areas should I include? Could it be a template with defined styles and formatting with verbiage under each style defining what it should be used for?
Should I just list reference books we should consult on matters of usage while including examples of usage that I want to ensure we follow?
Should I include details such as numbering schemes for different types of technical material?
I do want to provide guidelines for writing procedures.
Should I suggest techniques we might adhere to; for example, Information Mapping?
Many of you, I am sure, have been tasked with this responsibility. How does one go about it - in 7 easy steps?

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