Re: Technical writing in a higher ed environment

Subject: Re: Technical writing in a higher ed environment
From: <technicoid -at- cableone -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 09:10:08 -0700

>Much of my content (quick guides, cheat sheets, basic 'how to'
>information, etc.) is distributed electronically via the Web site and
>is subject to this "law." But AP doesn't even come close to meeting my
>needs. In fact, it often contradicts Chicago and other style guides
>commonly used in technical documents.

First and foremost, a style guide is a tool for ensuring consistency. You can be clear and
concise irrespective of the guide you use. However, if the AP guide doesn't provide guidance on
matters specific to the context in which you write, you should be able to provide examples to
demonstrate its deficiencies.

Put together an argument for using additional resources and pitch it to whomever makes the
rules. I'd be surprised if they balked at you using additional resources. You might have to
defer to AP style for some matters, but at least you'll have covered all bases.

technicoid -at- cableone -dot- net


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