Re: The Microsoft Style Guide is Online and Free

Subject: Re: The Microsoft Style Guide is Online and Free
From: Chris Morton <chris -at- isntthatwrite -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2018 10:27:13 -0500

Style guides are just that... *guides*. The fine folk at CMOS (a.k.a.,
CMoS) are the first to convey that.

Peter is spot on when he cites *consistency* as being paramount.

Chris Morton
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On Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 9:42 AM, Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
wrote:

> Cynic's Brief Guide to Good Style ...
>
> - Good technical writing is unambiguous and has been tested, at least
> slightly, on a representative sample of the target audience. Perhaps it is
> even useful.
>
> - Bad technical writing follows explicit rules even to the detriment of
> its intended purpose.
>
> I've seen and done both.
>
> Beyond the issue of style lies the actual enhancement of the product. The
> writer discovers blunders in the specifications or in the code, or possibly
> proposes unrequested documents that seriously increase sales, revenue or
> even profitability.
>
> On Wed, 07 Mar 2018 09:19:51 -0500, Matt Danda <mdanda -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
>
> I skimmed the style guide. My first impression is that it seems to be a
>> lot less Type-A than previous style guides. It's kind of like they're
>> giving up and saying, "Here's a few pointers, take 'em or leave 'em, but
>> just keep it consistent."
>>
>> Not sure having serious editorial expertise really matters any more.
>>
>> -Matt
>>
>>
>> Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2018 15:23:05 -0800
>> From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
>> To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
>> Subject: Re: The Microsoft Style Guide is Online and Free
>> Message-ID:
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>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"
>>
>>
>> Thinking more about this, no one who distributes a PDF like that is
>> qualified to publish an editorial style guide.
>>
>> I don't think anyone with serious editorial expertise was involved.
>> Looking at the LinkedIn profiles of the three main people, one has a
>> branding / corporate communications background and the other two are
>> techies.
>>
>> On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 10:11 AM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> ... The PDF is garbage, just a machine-generated dump of the web version,
>>> with all the links pointing to the web site.
>>>
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