web page style

Subject: web page style
From: Michael Barwick <mbarwick -at- RCI -dot- ROGERS -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 1997 16:33:00 -0500

Miki,

You wrote:

>Michael Barwick says, " I want to have an iron-tight case for
>incorporating it into my style guide."

>Sorry, not possible. The best you can do is get lots of support from
>Recognized Authorities (published style guides) and opinions from
>Experts in the Field (us) to bolster your case. But style guides are simply
>collections of editorial decisions, and have no weight beyond custom and
>convention.

But I'm defining the custom and convention in this case. Once I have
crafted the style guide and it is approved, the criteria it outlines
will be used to edit every single page of the existing website. Anyone
know of such a style guide document on the Web somewhere?

>I agree with you (add another tally mark to the Expert Opinion list) that
>spelling out numbers under ten is 'correct', except when they are part of
>a technical term, like "8-character name".

There are, of course, many exceptions to the rule but what I want to
apply it to are phrases such as "2 months risk free" and "up to 5
additional email addresses".

>Incidentally, I like 'iron-tight'- let's add it to the collection. A
conflation of
>'iron-clad' and 'water-tight', I assume.

Okay, I was sloppy with my adjective here. But I was in a hurry. I'm
supposed to be working. I don't know how so many people find the time
to send as much email as they do. I scarcely have the time.
"Iron-tight" is a meaningless phrase. I think I was aiming at
iron-clad. Perhaps the word I should have used is "unassailable".

Regards,

MEB

Michael Barwick, Technical Writer
<mbarwick -at- rci -dot- rogers -dot- com>

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