New _Read Me First!_ Edition

Subject: New _Read Me First!_ Edition
From: "Janice Gelb" <janice -dot- gelb -at- sun -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 09:47:51 -0600

I am pleased to announce that a new edition of
_Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry_,
will debut at the STC Conference in Dallas May 18 - 21.
The book will be on sale at the STC conference bookstore.

_Read Me First!_ is based on the award-winning Sun
Microsystems style guide but it has been revised, and
new material added, to be useful for people writing
technical documentation on all platforms.

To find out more about the book, including the table
of contents and a sample chapter, see

(That site is not yet set up for pre-ordering -- you
didn't hear it from me but the book is also available
through Amazon...)

Highlights of the new edition include:

* A more logical organization of chapters
* Addition of a chapter on online writing style
* Addition of a chapter on constructing links
* Addition of a chapter on writing tasks, procedures, and steps
* Extensive revisions to the chapters that discuss the
following topics:
o Writing for an international audience
o Legal guidelines
o Working with illustrations
o Writing about graphical user interfaces
o Incorporation of guidelines for easing the translation
of documents


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