Style Guides for Various Computer Platforms

Subject: Style Guides for Various Computer Platforms
From: Paul Sholar <pks -at- GENSYM -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 1995 12:30:48 EDT

> From: Stephen Schiller <smschill -at- SOFTART -dot- COM>
> Subject: Tech Writer seeking definition: Choosing v/s Selecting

> I'm writing a tutorial and was wondering about the difference between
> choosing and selecting. A co-worker inferred that there is an official
> Microsoft definition of each. Any thoughts?

> Also, does anyone know of an online Mircrosoft glossary for all the terms
> used in their documentation. I think I saw one at their site long ago, but I
> can't remember.

To all Techwhirlers,

Please save a copy of the following list of publications. Please consult
these sources before posting specific UI and style questions to this list!

Are there other "authoritative" publications that anyone can add to the list

Communicate well and prosper,

Paul Sholar pks -at- gensym -dot- com
Sr. Technical Writer
Gensym Corporation
Cambridge, Massachusetts

DISCLAIMER: Not speaking for Gensym Corporation

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Subject: Style Guides for Various Computer Platforms

>From part 3 of the FAQ document issued monthly by the
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( Last modified 5 Dec 1994 )

F. Styleguides for Specific Platforms
The following style guides define (or redefine) a standard to which all
applications on that platform should conform. Thanks to Samu Mielonen
(f1sami -at- uta -dot- fi) Univ. of Tampere, Finland, for compiling an earlier version of
the styleguide list.

1. Apple Computer, Inc. Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines. Reading,
MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1992. ISBN 0-201-62216-5. There is
an interactive animated companion CD-ROM to these Mac guidelines called
"Making it Macintosh", Addison-Wesley, 1993. ISBN 0-201-62626-8.

2. Commodore-Amiga, Inc. Amiga User Interface Style Guide. Reading,
Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1991. ISBN 0-201-57757-7.

3. GO Corporation. PenPoint User Interface Design Reference. Reading, MA:
Addison-Wesley, 1992. ISBN 0-201-60858-8.

4. Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Sunsoft Inc. & USL. Common Desktop Environment:
Functional Specification (Preliminary Draft). X/Open Company Ltd.,
1993. ISBN 1-85912-001-6. ftp XOPEN.CO.UK/pub/cdespec1/cde1_ps.Z

5. IBM. Object-Oriented Interface Design: IBM Common User Access
Guidelines. Carmel, Indiana: Que, 1992. ISBN 1-56529-170-0.

6. James Martin, Kathleen Kavanagh Chapman & Joe Leben. Systems
Application Architecture: Common User Access. Englewood Cliffs, NJ:
Prentice-Hall, 1991. ISBN 0-13-785023-9.

7. Microsoft Corporation. The GUI Guide: International Terminology for the
Windows Interface. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Press, 1993. ISBN

8. Microsoft Corporation. The Windows Interface: An Application Design
Guide. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Press, 1992. ISBN 1-55615-384-8.

9. Open Software Foundation. OSF/Motif Style Guide. Englewood Cliffs, NJ:
Prentice Hall, 1993. ISBN 0-13-643123-2.

10. NeXT Computer, Inc. NeXTSTEP User Interface Guidelines (Release 3).
Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Publishing, 1992. ISBN 0-201-63250-0.

11. Sun Microsystems, Inc. OPEN LOOK Graphical User Interface Application
Style Guidelines. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1989. ISBN

12. Sun Microsystems, Inc. OPEN LOOK Graphical User Interface Functional
Specification. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1989. ISBN

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