Re[2]: Style Guides, Take II

Subject: Re[2]: Style Guides, Take II
From: David Wollenberger <david_wollenberger -at- WOODLAND-HILLS -dot- STERLING -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 16:40:39 -0800

I was raised with the Chicago Manual, but at my present job they use
Microsoft Manual of Style, and most of our software is not even for
the PC.

I wonder why, if so many tech writers think Microsoft publishes bad
manuals and their manual of style sucks so much, so many departments
are using it as their standard.

David




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Subject: Re: Style Guides, Take II
Author: Robert Plamondon <robert -at- plamondon -dot- com> at sswhsmtp
Date: 12/13/98 7:16 AM


I don't see why anybody uses the Microsoft Style Guide anyway. I mean, sure,
if you think Microsoft's documentation is the bee's knees, then you'd want to
read the book to find out how they did it. But Microsoft's documentation has
been muddled and clueless from day 1. You'd be better off starting from
first principles than emulating them. At least your mistakes would be honest
and possibly ephemeral, instead of dull and institutional.

-- Robert

Robert Plamondon * High-Tech Technical Writing
36475 Norton Creek Road * Blodgett OR 97326
541-453-5841 * Fax: 541-453-4139
mailto:robert -at- plamondon -dot- com * http://www.pioneer.net/~robertp


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