RE: Style guides?

Subject: RE: Style guides?
From: "Nuckols, Kenneth M" <Kenneth -dot- Nuckols -at- mybrighthouse -dot- com>
To: "Lisa C. Boyd" <lisab -at- lisaboyd -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 15:00:43 -0500

Lisa Boyd asked...

> Being new to technical writing and wanting to do things right from the
> start, what style guides do you recommend? Recent discussions on the
> list have tested me in what I thought were the right ways to write
> terms. So what are the "must haves" in style guides?
> Thanks and Merry Christmas,
> Lisa B.
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Each industry (and often times each company) will have its own preferred
style guide. As a general guide, the first best source that should
always be your guide when any other source fails to provide an answer is
"The Elements of Style" by Strunk & White. It's the essential handbook
for any writer of the English Language. Interestingly enough, in his
autobiographical book _On Writing_, Stephen King cites Strunk & White as
the only essential handbook for writing that any author needs.

And it's hard to argue with that kind of success...

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