Style Guides; The Yahoo! Style Guide


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 seeds of “The Yahoo! Style Guide” were planted 15 years ago, when writers and programmers at Yahoo!, faced with a lack of industry guidance, began assembling a set of guidelines for Web writing. Their first in-house reference grew in size and company importance as content creators added to it through the years.

Polished and expanded for its public debut, “The Yahoo! Style Guide” 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 Yahoo! Style Guide” is available in print and digital versions, such as those for iPad and Kindle.

* From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2 thoughts on “Style Guides; The Yahoo! Style Guide

    • It’s very difficult to answer your question regarding the most popular style guide for technical writers. It depends of the country and industry. For example, the most popular in the U.S. in general is the Chicago Manual of Style. If you are in the software/IT industry your best option is the The Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications (MSTP). Please go to the categories section of this blog and click on the “Style Guides” link. You may find several style guides with a brief explanation of the industry, etc. I always add new style guides there.

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