RE: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 82, Issue 17

Subject: RE: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 82, Issue 17
From: "LTC Writer" <Ltc -dot- writer -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:25:38 -0500

I agree with others here that the Microsoft book is excellent but I disagree
about the Chicago Manual of Style. That book was written for journalism
profession. Several years ago, I was part of a tech pubs group and our
manager gave each of us "The New York Public Library Writer's Guide to Style
and Usage" book. This style guide is written more for everyday writing and
is a better guide for technical writing . All of us in the department
preferred it over CMS. Many of the conventions in the NY style guide match
the Microsoft book. I highly recommend it.

Tim Lewis
Lewis Technical Communications, Inc.

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Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 21:13:26 +0200
From: Katarina Bovin <office -at- abc-tech -dot- se>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Writing guides
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Dear all technical writers,

Do you have any opinion of the style guides; the Chicago Manual of Style
and the GPO Style Manual? Then I would be delighted to share your view.

Background: The company I work for has a global operation, and is based in
Sweden. In our writing guide for English we would like to include company
specific rules only, and then refer the general rules to either the Chicago
Manual of Style or the GPO Style Manual.

Which one of thee two would you chose if you are a technical writer,
writing for a global audience, not just USA?

What I have heard is that the GPO Style Manual is more directed to
technical writing and reduced to half of the size of the Chicago Manual of
style. However, would the GPO Style Manual suit the global market or is it
too Americanized?

Thank you in advance for your expericenes and tips.

Best Regards,


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