Style Guides; The Chicago Manual of Style


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This is the first of many articles  to be published about Style Guides on Tech Writer News.

A style guide is a set of standards for the writing and design of documents, either for general use or for a specific publication, organization or field. The implementation of a style guide provides uniformity in style and formatting within a document and across multiple documents.

The Chicago Manual of Style is a style guide for American English published since 1906 by the University of Chicago Press. Its sixteen editions have prescribed writing and citation styles widely used in publishing. With over 100 years, it is one of the most widely used and respected style guides in the United States. The Chicago Manual of Style deals with aspects of editorial practice, from American English grammar and usage to document preparation.

More than a Century of Style

The First edition, called simply the Manual of Style, links us to an earlier era. Handwritten manuscripts were still commonplace. You can download the complete facsimile of the 1st edition in the link below:

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/about16_facsimile.html

The Sixteen Edition

The sixteen print editions are available to buy here:

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/books.html

You can subscribe for the online edition here:

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html

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