RE: Writing guides (was: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 82, Issue 17)

Subject: RE: Writing guides (was: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 82, Issue 17)
From: "LTC Writer" <Ltc -dot- writer -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "'Fred Ridder'" <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2012 10:47:59 -0500

Thank you Fred. I stand corrected. My assumption was based on what someone
else had told me.



Tim Lewis

Lewis Technical Communications, Inc.



Making complex information more useful.



From: Fred Ridder [mailto:docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, August 20, 2012 9:46 AM
To: ltc -dot- writer -at- comcast -dot- net; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Writing guides (was: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 82, Issue 17)



Sorry, but you are mistaken on your opening point. Chicago Manual of Style
is NOT "written for journalism profession". The Chicago Manual of Style
started life (more than a century ago) as the in-house style guide for the
University of Chicago Press, one of the country's leading academic
publishers. Over the years and as more and more book publishers and
scholarly journals adopted it as their primary standard, its scope has
broadened. But it still remains strongly focused on non-fiction books and
scholarly journals. As such, the Chicago MoS has almost no relationship to
journalism.

The style guide that is most commonly used in the world of journalism is the
Associated Press Stylebook, although many of the largest newspapers have
their own style guides. But AFAIK the only one of these that is published
independently is The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage.

-Fred Ridder


> From: Ltc -dot- writer -at- comcast -dot- net
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 82, Issue 17
> 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.
>
> Making complex information more useful.


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RE: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 82, Issue 17: From: LTC Writer
RE: Writing guides (was: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 82, Issue 17): From: Fred Ridder

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