Responses to web style guide question

Subject: Responses to web style guide question
From: William Rost <rost -at- GATE -dot- SUNQUEST -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 13:55:55 -0700

I posted the following mail to the techwr-l and winhlp-l. Additionally,
Becca Price cross-posted it to the copyediting-l. (Thanks, Becca!):

Our writing group has been following the "Microsoft Manual of Style for
Technical Publications" for writing Help files and documentation
for Windows-based applications. I'm searching for a similar style
manual or guide that addresses the nuances of documenting
web-based applications.

Anyone know of such a manual? Is anyone out there working on such a

If you have information, please either e-mail the information to me or
post it. I'll compile all responses and post them to the list.
Here are the results from 11 replies:

Respondents who:
-Know of a style guide for documenting web-based applications: 0
-Suggested guides or web sites for online writing
or web-design styles: 7
-Asked for info about the Microsoft style guide: 2
(Microsoft Manual of Style, ISBN 1-55615-939-0)
-Don't have suggestions, but are also looking: 2

Christine Jesensky <Xine -at- MicroScript -dot- com> sent the following list,
which has plenty of good references.

"What is good hypertext writing?" by Jutta Degener

"Methods of Eliminating Wordiness: A Checklist"
(Purdue University On-Line Writing Lab)

"Writing With Computers" (Purdue University On-Line Writing Lab)

"Style Guide for Online Hypertext"

Site Design from the Yale C/AIM Web Style Guide

Some good writing tips mixed among the site design tips

Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques
et Commerciales Web Writing Guide

Questions for Information Providers

"Technical Writing for Online Use" (paper for South Pacific User
Support Conference 95), Jason Copeland

"The Poetics of Business Writing" (an interesting piece comparing
writing business stuff to writing poems!)

Thank you all for your suggestions,
Salut/Bill Rost

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