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> 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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