Re: Communication Handbook vs Style Guide

Subject: Re: Communication Handbook vs Style Guide
From: "Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- editors-writers -dot- info>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 26 May 2003 23:32:54 -0400

From: <tom -dot- green -at- iwon -dot- com>

: I have an ongoing dilema. There is a person in our "group" who is a clerk by
title but is the "expert" in documentation here (yes, it is a strange
place)and she is a bit "snippy" and hard to deal with because she doesn't
believe she get the "respect" she thinks she deserves. That's a whole other
story I guess, anyway, this company has a what they call a "Communication
Handbook" with puntuation, spelling, etc. guidelines. I found a "Society of
Petroleum Engineers" Style Guide recently and suggested maybe we could use it
as a helpful guide as well. I was told in no uncertain terms this comany
"already has a guide for styles." Well, excuse me...<br>So, I am wondering if
there IS a difference between a style guide and a communcations handbook, or
are they the same animal? Any good thoughts on this?

Take a look on the Internet at various style guides. If there are items in the
style guide you think your organization would benefit from using, bring up the
specifics to her. If there's some gap in things covered in your house style
guide, perhaps some useful elements from the other guide could be
incorporated. Perhaps your global suggestion didn't convey to her what you
really meant, and perhaps she felt threatened. Talk to her about specifics.

Bonnie Granat
Granat Editorial Services


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