Re: Do you use the Microsoft MANUAL OF STYLE?

Subject: Re: Do you use the Microsoft MANUAL OF STYLE?
From: "Marie C. Paretti" <mparetti -at- RRINC -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 11:11:46 -0400

At 08:17 AM 10/20/97 -0600, you wrote:
>I'm wondering how many others on this list also use the MS-MANUAL OF
>STYLE and how many of those that do so also find it prudent to make some
>exceptions to the Microsoft rules.
>

Ahem: "my department" (ok, me -- I am a department unto myself :-> ) uses
the MS Manual as a kind of loose guideline or starting point. I.e. I look
at what the MS recommends and then decide if I think it makes sense or not;
often it does, but occasionally I change it -- for instance, "they" reject
using the word "gray" to describe an unavailable menu option and just use
"unavailable" but I tend to use both: "the choice will be unavailable (i.e.
gray)" or something. Basically, if I'm at a loss on how to write
something, MS gives me something to work from.

Marie



Marie C. Paretti
Department of English Recognition Research, Inc.
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