Re: Disagreeing with house styles

Subject: Re: Disagreeing with house styles
From: keith mahoney <kamahoney1965 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- riveraintech -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2012 08:01:26 -0800

Dan makes a good point ..... However, another approach might be to suggest
creating a Tech Pubs (or whatever your group is called) WIKI - this way,
you could update the Style Guide, add new terms, acronyms, abbreviations,
and such. Also, you could drive this as separate and distinct project...

Keith Mahoney

On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 7:30 AM, Dan Goldstein
<DGoldstein -at- riveraintech -dot- com>wrote:

> In addition to the other excellent advice you've just received, I have
> one more point: The best time to improve your company's style guide is
> after you've done enough work there to become their indispensable
> writer.
>
> The worst time to improve your company's style guide is when your
> arrival is still "recent." This applies not only to style guides, but to
> quality procedures in general.
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sion Lane
> Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2012 5:28 AM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Disagreeing with house styles
>
> I've recently joined a new company and, on review of the doc set I am
> working on, found some terms that I considered to be incorrect -
> specifically 'voice mail' and 'web site'. I initially assumed that this
> was down to the previous writer, however this is the preferred usage
> according to the house style guide, which specifically says 'do not use
> voicemail/website'.
>
> It jars every time I see these terms and I am uncomfortable using them
> in my docs. Do I just suck it up and use what I consider to be outmoded
> terminology? I am a sole author at this site and don't know who the
> owner/originator of the style guide is, or how widely the style guide is
> used company-wide.
>
>
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References:
Disagreeing with house styles: From: Sion Lane
RE: Disagreeing with house styles: From: Dan Goldstein

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