Re: A tech editor seeks advice on which style guide to adopt

Subject: Re: A tech editor seeks advice on which style guide to adopt
From: praneeta p <praneeta_paradkar -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 21:13:19 +0530 (IST)

I have this version lying on my office desktop for ages. I don't quite remember the version number, but it is not the latest for sure.


Best,
 
Praneeta Paradkar
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From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
Subject: Re: A tech editor seeks advice on which style guide to adopt
To: "praneeta p" <praneeta_paradkar -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Cc: TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wednesday, 23 September, 2009, 8:57 PM



Is the MS guide still free? Last time I looked for it, I found only the MS Press book, no free download.

On Sep 23, 2009 7:56 AM, "praneeta p" <praneeta_paradkar -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:

Hi All,
 
Recently, in one of our doc team meetings, my manager asked me to come to a formal decision on which style guide we should adopt as the bible for our team. And as it goes with managers, I have to justify my decision.
 
So far, the writers have been using MSTP (Microsoft Style for Technical Publications) for two reasons:
 
1. It is easily available.
2. and free.
 
I rather like Sun's Read Me First. The rationale appeals to me. The recommendations in their sound like recommendations and are less dictatorial than the MSTP.
 
I would like to know which style guide would be best for web-based applications?
 
Is MSTP really only for Windows-based apps or can it be adopted for web-based apps too?
 
Which style guide (Sun's or MSTP) is likely to be adopted easily by the writers? That is not to say that I will take the path of least resistance if one or the other wins in merit versus ease of adoption.
 
Kindly advise.

Best always,
 
Praneeta Paradkar

 


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