Style Guides; The Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications (MSTP)

4th edition

This is part of a series of articles published regarding 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 Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications (MSTP) is a style guide published by Microsoft. The MSTP has the specific purpose of guiding technical writers, editors, and content managers working with Microsoft products. While the manual in some parts focuses on usage particular to these products, the guide also serves as a general tool for the technical writers. Content ranges from specific instructions for naming particular elements of specific programs to general rules of grammar.

The Fourth Edition, ISBN 0-7356-4871-9, was published on January 27, 2012. The Third Edition, ISBN 0-7356-1746-5, was published on November 12, 2003.

The fourth print edition is available to buy here:

You may download the Third Edition here.

* From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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