This page provides a list of resources available for the web designer or developer who needs to create an editorial style guide for writing web site copy.

Definition of Style Guide

"A style guide or style manual is a set of standards for design and writing of documents, either for general use or for a specific publication or organization. A set of standards for a specific organization is known as "house style". Style guides are prevalent for general and specialized use, for the general reading and writing audience, and for students and scholars of the various academic disciplines, medicine, journalism, the law, government, business, and industry. Some style guides focus on graphic design, covering such topics as typography and white space. Web site style guides focus on a publication's visual and technical aspects, prose style, best usage, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and fairness. The strict implementation of style guide regulations provides uniformity in style and formatting of a document."

Source: Wikipedia

Basic Editorial Guides

  • Elements of Style - Full text of the William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White American English writing style guide is available via Bartelby.
  • The Web Style Guide - Web publication and writing style by Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horton is available with complete text and illustration online, and also sold in print. The book provides a comprehensive guide to the issues of importance to web site designers, including the complete chapter on Editoral Style.
  • Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications, Third Edition - Reference for technical writers, editors, journalists, and everyone else who writes about computer technology. Developed by Microsoft’s senior editors and content managers, this manual of style captures the up-to-date standards and best practices for delivering clear and consistent technical communications.
  • Yahoo Style Guide - The Yahoo! Style Guide is a print and ebook publication that covers the basics of grammar and punctuation plus a multitude of topics with a Web-specific focus. Yahoo! editors discuss effective writing and editing for an online audience, techniques for streamlining copy, basic Web codes, Internet law, search engine optimization, and more. Before-and-after examples of how to clean up problem copy abound. The companion website features content excerpted from the book but also offers more help and resources from Yahoo! editors.

Example House Style Guides

Online Citation Guides

Subscription and Printed Style Guides

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