Re[2]: Style Guide or Style Edict?

Subject: Re[2]: Style Guide or Style Edict?
From: DWeber <dweber -at- ISDLINK1 -dot- HISD -dot- HARRIS -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 1997 08:52:22 EST

The program I graduated from strongly emphasized the use of style
guides as a basis for consistency. I tend to agree with this,
especially when you have multiple writers working on the same project.

The problem I've run into when companies don't conform to a style
guide...is that there are many inconsistencies in voice, format, and
overall presentation. I write commercial software manuals as well as
government manuals.....and I find it frustrating when there is a lot
of "clean up" work at the end....trying to get everyone's work to look
the same.

My company doesn't have one for commercial documents (government
documents usually come with an RFP with detailed comments on how the
document should look) I have been trying for some time now to
convince the other writers that we would save a lot to time if we did
things right the first time.

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