RE: style guide

Subject: RE: style guide
From: "Elizabeth Wilczek" <betsywilczek -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 08:47:49 EST

Sun's _Read Me First_ is a wonderful resource for writing about computers, but your drug company co-workers will need some standards it doesn't include--for example, the way to present chemical formulas or nicknames.

An intranet style guide can supplement huge written style books like the Chicago Manual or AP Style Guide with short answers to questions that come up again and again,

For example, give the rules for abbreviations (like B.A.) and acronyms (like NATO). When do you spell out numbers and when do you use numerals? How do these number rules apply to talking about dates, time of day, money? Post some boilerplate language people can cut-and-paste to acknowledge competitors' trademarks and (more important) protect your own. You might or might not have some company standard about punctuation--serial commas, em-dashes versus en-dashes.

Just my two cents worth--
Betsy Wilczek
New Jersey Society for Technical Communication

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Subject: style guide
From: "Pam Hurley" <hurleyp -at- worldnet -dot- att -dot- net>
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 14:28:31 -0500

I've been commissioned to produce an online style guide for a fledgling drug company. Any suggestions in terms of other style guides I might peruse to get a better idea of how to formulate this one--things covered, etc?


Pam Hurley
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