Creating a Style Guide, The Sequel

Subject: Creating a Style Guide, The Sequel
From: Martin Bosworth <martinhbosworth -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 09:36:40 -0400


Awhile back I brought up the idea of creating a style guide for my
department, since we were a crazy quilt of different documentation
standards, fonts, etc. The general consensus was that I should focus
on the documentation itself and create good product before worrying
about style, so that's what I did.

Now, with the user guides essentially put to bed, my project manager
has asked me to create a general style guide to ensure cohesiveness
and consistency for the future. This will be fairly big--since our
division is getting downsized, once I'm gone, I don't think they'll be
taking anyone on to replace me. So what I do here will be the standard
for a good long while.

What suggestions or ideas do you have for creating a good style guide
for users and managers to refer to?

Many thanks!


Martin H. Bosworth
Technical Writer, Telemedicine Directorate
Walter Reed Army Medical Center (
Writer/Editor, (


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