RE: Creating a Style Guide, The Sequel

Subject: RE: Creating a Style Guide, The Sequel
From: "Jonathan West" <jwest -at- mvps -dot- org>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 15:19:29 +0100

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

If your users are mainly using Word I'd suggest the following

1. Create some templates for the most common document types. Make sure you
have a reasonable set of styles defined in the template.

2. Make sure that the templates have some nice easy-to-use toolbar buttons.
See here for suggestions "Creating Custom Toolbars for Templates"

3. Write the style guide in the context of explaining how to use the

If the users' jobs are not primarily to do with making clean consistent
documentation, then they won't bother with it, no matter how nice a style
guide you write, unless the template make it easier to do things right than
to do them wrong.

Jonathan West


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