Corporate style guide [was: Re: Punctuating the end of bullet points?]
However, individual writers should *not* just discard
corporate style guide solutions as they're writing if
they happen to personally disagree with a particular
decision. That defeats the purpose of a corporate style
There are times when a corporate style guide is exceedingly
unhelpful. We watched as our carefully devised plan for
having a different cover for each manual (so that the user
could pick out the one he needed at a glance) was drowned
by the Corporate Style Guide. Suddenly the new books were all
identical, and you had to read each book's spine or perhaps
its interior to figure out which one you held in your hand.
This was the same company (now defunct) that experimented
with having some of the tech manuals printed by an in-house
department that had spare time on the much-too-expensive
Multilith they had just bought. Unfortunately the department
was not part of Manufacturing, and there was no way for
anything they made to be released to Inventory. The books
could not be sold to customers! Something about Asset vs
non-Asset. I forget how it was resolved.
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