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The Careful Writer, by Theodore Bernstein.
A classic style guide for the general public is The Elements of Style.
For general writing Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A Writer's Guide to Getting It Right, by Bill Bryson.With nothing more than this book and Microsoft's html Help workshop (included on the CD that comes with the book you will be able to create decent html Help files.(If you think Microsoft already has too much influence on your life, do not bother reading.) This manual was originally written for in-house use by Microsoft only.This article is missing citations or needs footnotes.Manual is easier than ever.Reading something written on paper is easier than reading something written on a screen.
(October 2007) Some style guides are created for the general public, and may adopt the approaches of publishing houses and newspapers.
Isbn United Kingdom General Copy-editing: The Cambridge Handbook for Editors, Authors and Publishers Judith Butcher.
A style guide is just one of the tools that can be used to help achieve this along with the use of specific standards,.g., aecma S1000D in the aerospace and defense industries.It may also help you to make better use of your the help authoring tool you use since most of the restrictions imposed by that tool are probably there because the WinHelp standard imposes them.For legal documents For journalism United States In the United States, most non-journalism writing follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 1 while most newspapers base their style on the Associated Press Stylebook.You can easily convert your HelpScribble help project into flat manual by first using ProjectMake Flat Manual in HelpScribble (choose html, PNG and no links).The book is clearly written and has been carefully edited.For the computer industry (software wall rack for patch panels and hardware) Apple Publications Style Guide 2 by Apple Inc.Also, Bremer is focused solely on the software manual.