BOOKS: Updated Listing

Subject: BOOKS: Updated Listing
From: Gregory Keith <GKeith -at- DELRINA -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 1995 13:31:00 PDT


I have been arbitrary, unjust, narrow-minded and overly broad-minded. I have
overlooked, no doubt, some worthy additions and yet not junked some
not-so-eminent selections. Yet I do have an updated tech writing book list,
hopefully with a decided slant towards very recent, detailed books and
older, classic or authoritative books as well.

Thanks to all those who helped me out with details and book suggestions. If
you don't see all of your suggestions on the list, that could be because no
one else recommended it, and I haven't heard a thing about it before (see,
more narrow-mindedness!).

I'm still in the process of helping to choose and purchase books for our
documentation department libraries, so if you have any more suggestions
under the following categories, by all means, send them on to me.

Thanks, Greg

Gregory Keith
Documentation Specialist
Delrina Canada
gkeith -at- delrina -dot- com


Technical Writing: Books and Reference Sources

+When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and
clothes+ Erasmus

Designing, Writing, and Producing Computer Documentation, by Lynn Denton and
Jody Kelly. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1993). 258 pages, softcover.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road, by Richard Saul Wurman. (Publisher,
19??).(Giving and using instructions)

Handbook of Technical Writing, by Charles T. Brusaw, Gerald J. Alred and
Walter E. Oliu. 4th edition. (St. Martin's Press, 1993). 800+ pages.

How to Write and Present Technical Information, by Charles H. Sides. 2nd
ed.(Phoenix: Oryx Press, 19??).

On Writing Well, by William Zinsser. (New York: Harper and Row, 1990).ISBN

Simple & Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers, Revised Edition, by Jacques Barzun.
(Harper & Row, 1985).

Technical Communications, by Rebecca Burnett. (Publisher, 19??).

Techniques for Technical Communicators, by Carol M .Barnum and Saul
Carliner. (1993: MacMillan Publishing Company)

The Fine Art of Technical Writing, by Carol Rosenblum Perry. (Blue Heron,

Working with Words, by Brian S. Brooks and James L. Pinson. (St. Martin+s
Press, 19??). 100+ pages.

Writing Better Computer User Documentation, by R. John Brockmann (NY: John
Wiley & Sons, 1990). 364 pages, softcover.

Writing for the Computer Industry, by Kristin R. Woolever and Helen M. Loeb.
(Publisher, 19??).

Writing Well for the Technical Professions, by Anne Eisenberg. (Publisher,

ABC's of Type, by Allan Haley (Watson-Guptill Publications, 1990). ISBN
0-8230-0053-2, 128 pp.

Designing Instructional Text, by James Hartley. (East Brunswick NJ: Nichols,

Methods of Book Design, by Hugh Williamson (3rd edition, Yale Univ.Press,

Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works, by Erik Spiekermann & E.M.
Ginger (Adobe Press: Mountain View, CA, 1993). ISBN 0-672-48543-5, 174

The Elements of Typographic Style, by Robert Bringhurst (Hartley and Marks,
ISBN 0-88179-033-8. Paper, 254 pp.

The Non-designer's Design Book: Design and Typographic Principles for the
Visual Novice, by Robin Williams (Berkeley: Peachpit Press, 1994) 144 pp,
$14.95 US.

The Word for Windows Design Companion, by Katherine Pfeiffer (Ventana Press,
ISBN: 0-940087-77-4, $21.95).

Words Into Type, by Langdon Winner. (Prentice-Hall, Inc, 3rd ed. 1974).

Design Principles for Desktop Publishers, by Tom Lichty's. (HarperCollins).(
My copy is an '89 edition. I understand there is an updated version out.)

Desktop Publishing Success, by Felix Kramer & Maggie Lovass. (Business
One/Irwin, 1991).

The Frame Handbook: Building Framemaker Documents That Work, by Linda
Branagan & Micheal Sierra. (O'Reilly & Ass., Inc.)

The Levels of Edit, 2nd Ed., by Mary Fran Buehler and Robert Van Buren
(1980: JPL Publications, Publication 80-1).

Copyediting: A Practical Guide, by Karen Judd.(Publisher, 19??).

Editing Technical Writing, by Donald Samson Jr. (1993: Oxford Univ. Press).

How to Edit Technical Documents, by Donald W. Bush and Charles P. Campbell.
(Oryx Press, 1995) $38.50 US. To order, contact Oryx Press at 1-800-279-6799
or fax toll-free, 1-800-279-4663.

The High-Technology Editorial Guide and Stylebook, by Lewis Perdue. 1991
edition. (Business One Irwin, 1991). 194 pages, softcover (PC or Mac, with

Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition. (Chicago: University of Chicago
Press, 1993). 920 pages, hardcover.

The Elements of Style, 3rd Ed., by W. Strunk and E.B. White, (1979:
MacMillan Publishing Company).

English Grammar, by George Curme.

American Usage & Style: The Consensus, by Roy Copperrud.

Modern English Usage, by H.W. Fowler.

Encyclopedia of Graphics File Formats.Adobe Press (800-827-3311). 894 pp
plus CD-ROM
(Reissued? authors D. Murray and William Van Ryper. O'Reilly and Associates,
ISBN 1-56592-058-9 (reviewed in April 95 Byte magazine, page 38))

Envisioning Information, by Edward Tufte. (Graphics Press: Cheshire, CT,
1990) ISBN 0961-392118.

Graphic Design for the Electronic Age, by Jan V. White.(Watson Buptill,

Illustrating Computer Documentation, by William K. Horton. (NY: John Wiley &
Sons, 1991). 313 pages, $46.50 (Can.) softcover.

The Desktop Color Book, by Michael Gosney. (NY: MIS Press). ISBN

The Icon Book: Visuals Symbols for Computer Systems and Documentation, by
William Horton. (NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1994). 418 pages, $39.95 (US)

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, by Edward Tufte. (Graphics
Press: Cheshire, CT, 1983, ISBN 0961-3921-0X).

The Art of Indexing, by Larry S. Bonura (NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1994). 233
pages, hardcover.

Indexing Books, by Nancy Mulvany. (University of Chicago Press, 19??).

Indexing from A to Z, by Hans H. Wellisch, Hans H.(Publisher, 19??).

Developing Procedures, Policies, and Documentation, by (Information Mapping,
(Check with: Information Mapping, Inc., 300 Third Avenue, Waltham, MA 02154
(617) 890-7003)

MindMapping, by Joyce Wycoff.

Designing Usable Texts, Duffy, Thomas M. & Waller, Robert. (Eds.) (NY:
Academic Press, 1985.)

NetLaw, by Lance Ross. (Osborne/McGraw Hill, 1995). 1-510-549-6614.

Developing On-Line Help for Windows, by Scott Boggan. (Publisher, 19??).

Designing and Writing On-Line Documentation, by William K. Horton. (NY: John
Wiley & Sons, 1990). 372 pages, $39.95 (Can.) softcover.

Designing and Writing Online Documentation: Hypermedia for Self-Supporting
Products, by William Horton. 2nd edition. (NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1994). 440
pages, $29.95 (US) softcover.

The Developer's Guide to WINHELP.EXE, by Jim Mischel, ISBN 0-471-30326-7.

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. Available via ftp from ftp

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 1-55615-538-7.

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 0-201-52365-5.

Managing Your Documentation Projects, by Susan Self. (Publisher, 19??).

Documentation Development Methodology, by ???

Managing Your Documentation Projects, by JoAnn T. Hackos. (NY: John Wiley &
Sons, 1994). 630 pages, $39.95 (US) softcover.

SGML: An Author+s Guide to the Standard Generalized Markup Language, by
Martin Bryan. (NY: Addison-Wesley, 1988). 364 pages, $39.95(Can.) softcover

Being Digital, by Nicholas Negroponte.

The Design of Everyday Things, by Don Norman.

The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology,
by Langdon Winner. (Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 1986).

The Art of Human-Computer Interface Design, edited by Brenda Laurel.(NY:
Addison-Wesley, 1994). 523 pages, $39.95 (Can.) softcover.

User-Interface Screen Design, by Wilbert O. Galitz. (Publisher, 19??).

The Mosaic Handbook for Microsoft Windows, by Dale Dougherty and Richard
Koman. (Sebastopol: O+Reilly and Associates, 1994). 204 pages, $35.95 (Can.)

HTML Manual of Style:Writing Documents for the WWW, by Aronson. (Publisher,

Teach Yourself Web Publishing With HTML in a Week, by Laura Lemay.(Sams
Publishing, 1995).
(If you have access to WWW, you can look at a sample chapter on Macmillan's
USA Information Superlibrary (URL before you buy the
book. You can even get a discount by ordering from the net.)

The HTML Sourcebook, by Ian S. Graham. (NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1995). ??
pages, $41.50 (Can.) softcover.

The World Wide Web Unleashed, by John December & Nel Randall

World Wide Web Bible, by Bryan Pfaffenberger. (MIS Press (a subsidiary of
Henry Holt & Co., Inc.: March, 1995).

Technical Writer's Freelancing Guide, by Peter Kent. (NY: Sterling
Publishing Co., 1992). $12.95 softcover.


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