RE: Communication Handbook vs Style Guide

Subject: RE: Communication Handbook vs Style Guide
From: "Dick Margulis " <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 11:02:19 -0400


I think that in Tom's case, you've come to a reasonable conclusion. In general, however, I would think one might choose "Communication Handbook" for a corporate policy guide having to do with content and style of all external corporate contacts. For example, it might have a rule that a consultant or executive invited to author a journal article must allow the PR department to review and edit the article prior to submission to the journal (I've seen that one, although thankfully I wasn't involved). I would think such a document might point to a style guide (public or proprietary) as a reference document but would not incorporate it.


Sean Hower <hokumhome -at- freehomepage -dot- com> wrote:

>I would assume they are the same animal. I mean, all a style guide is is a collection of standards your company uses in its documents. If that's what your "communication handbook" does, then it's the same thing. Sounds like the name was picked to make it sound important, which would make sense if it was created by someone who feels easily threatened.


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