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Microsoft Manual of Style


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Maximize the impact and precision of your message! Now in its fourth edition, the Microsoft Manual of Style provides essential guidance to content creators, journalists, technical writers, editors, and everyone else who writes about computer technology. Direct from the Editorial Style Board at Microsoft—you get a comprehensive glossary of both general technology terms and those specific to Microsoft; clear, concise usage and style guidelines with helpful examples and alternatives; guidance on grammar, tone, and voice; and best practices for writing content for the web, optimizing for accessibility, and communicating to a worldwide audience. Fully updated and optimized for ease of use, the Microsoft Manual of Style is designed to help you communicate clearly, consistently, and accurately about technical topics—across a range of audiences and media.

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This official Microsoft manual for technical writers provides practical information on styling documentation and technical communications within official guidelines. The volume covers the Microsoft style and voice; content for the web; content for international audiences; accessibility content guidelines; user interface; procedures for technical content; practical issues of style, grammar, and punctuation; and acronyms and abbreviations. Chapters include specific examples of approved and non-approved text and the book provides a concise snapshot of current rule through a large collection of charts and tables. Author information is not provided. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Table of Contents

Foreword; Introduction to the Fourth Edition; Whats inside; How to use this manual; Other references; Acknowledgments; Contact the Microsoft Editorial Board; Errata & book support; We want to hear from you; Stay in touch; Part 1: General Topics; Chapter 1: Microsoft style and voice; 1.1 Principles of Microsoft style; 1.2 Bias-free communication; 1.3 Anthropomorphism; 1.4 Parallelism; Chapter 2: Content for the web; 2.1 Make the right content choices; 2.2 Text for the web; 2.3 Video content for the web; 2.4 Blogs; 2.5 Community-provided content; 2.6 Evaluate your content; 2.7 Help users find your content; 2.8 International considerations for web content; 2.9 Accessibility considerations for web content; 2.10 Legal considerations for web content; Chapter 3: Content for a worldwide audience; 3.1 Global English syntax; 3.2 Machine translation syntax; 3.3 Terminology and word choice; 3.4 Technical terms; 3.5 Jargon; 3.6 Latin and other non-English words; 3.7 Global art; 3.8 Examples and scenarios; 3.9 International currency; 3.10 Time and place; 3.11 Names and contact information; 3.12 Fonts; 3.13 Web, software, and HTML issues; 3.14 Legal issues with worldwide content; 3.15 Additional globalization resources; Chapter 4: Accessible content; 4.1 Accessibility guidelines and requirements; 4.2 Accessible webpages; 4.3 Accessible writing; 4.4 Accessible graphics and design; 4.5 Acceptable terminology; Chapter 5: The user interface; 5.1 Windows user interface; 5.2 Windows Phone user interface; 5.3 User interface elements; 5.4 Ribbons, menus, and toolbars; 5.5 Webpage controls, dialog boxes, and property sheets; 5.6 Backstage view; 5.7 Control Panel; 5.8 Messages; 5.9 Other user interface elements; 5.10 Modes of interaction; 5.11 Mouse terminology; 5.12 Key names; 5.13 Content for multiple platforms; 5.14 User interface text; 5.15 User interface formatting; Chapter 6: Procedures and technical content; 6.1 Procedures; 6.2 Document conventions; 6.3 Cloud computing style; 6.4 Reference documentation; 6.5 Code examples; 6.6 Security; 6.7 Command syntax; 6.8 File names and extensions; 6.9 Version identifiers; 6.10 General guidelines; 6.11 Out-of-band release terminology; 6.12 Protocols; 6.13 XML tag, element, and attribute formatting; 6.14 HTML tag, element, and attribute formatting; 6.15 Readme files and release notes; Chapter 7: Practical issues of style; 7.1 Capitalization; 7.2 Titles and headings; 7.3 Microsoft in product and service names; 7.4 Lists; 7.5 Tables; 7.6 Cross-references; 7.7 Notes and tips; 7.8 Numbers; 7.9 Dates; 7.10 Phone numbers; 7.11 Time zones; 7.12 Measurements and units of measure; 7.13 URLs, addresses; 7.14 Names of special characters; 7.15 Art, captions, and callouts; 7.16 Bibliographies and citations; 7.17 Page layout; Chapter 8: Grammar; 8.1 Verbs and verb forms; 8.2 Agreement; 8.3 Voice; 8.4 Mood; 8.5 Nouns; 8.6 Words ending in -ing; 8.7 Prepositions; 8.8 Prefixes; 8.9 Dangling and misplaced modifiers; Chapter 9: Punctuation; 9.1 Periods; 9.2 Commas; 9.3 Apostrophes; 9.4 Colons; 9.5 Semicolons; 9.6 Quotation marks; 9.7 Parentheses; 9.8 Hyphens, hyphenation; 9.9 Dashes; 9.10 Ellipses; 9.11 Slash mark; 9.12 Formatting punctuation; Chapter 10: Indexes and keywords; 10.1 Indexes; 10.2 Keywords and online index entries; Chapter 11: Acronyms and Other Abbreviations; 11.1 How to use acronyms and other abbreviations; 11.2 Table of acronyms and other abbreviations; 11.3 How to use abbreviations of measurements; 11.4 Table of abbreviations of measurements; 11.5 Process for adopting new acronyms or abbreviations; Part 2: Usage Dictionary; Usage Dictionary; Numbers and symbols; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y; Z;

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