Re: Style guides?

Subject: Re: Style guides?
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -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 13:14:38 -0800

Beware the temptation to load up on style guide books. At one
of my previous companies, the corporate style was managed by
an editor whose ideas about style were, to say the least, "unique."
And no matter what question was raised about his formats, he
was able to pull an "authoritative source" off a bookshelf to
"support" it (he had about a dozen "authoritative sources", many of which often contradicted each other on a given issue). The
resulting template, needless to say, was a hopeless morass of conflicting elements.

My advice: pick one or two you like, stick with them in the
face of other "sources," but don't be afraid to violate them if common sense tells you something else is called for.

Gene Kim-Eng


----- Original Message ----- From: "Lisa C. Boyd" <lisab -at- lisaboyd -dot- com>

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?


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