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: Kat Kuvinka <katkuvinka -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: <praneeta_paradkar -at- yahoo -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 14:24:24 -0400






I used to use MSTP, but thanks to some folks on this list I adopted the IBM Style Guide, free and easily available!




>
> 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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