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The IBM Style Guide: Conventions for Writers and Editorsby Francis Derespinis
Synopses & Reviews
The IBM Style Guide distills IBM wisdom for developing superior content: information that is consistent, clear, concise, and easy to translate. The IBM Style Guide can help any organization improve and standardize content across authors, delivery mechanisms, and geographic locations.
This expert guide contains practical guidance on topic-based writing, writing content for different media types, and writing for global audiences.
Throughout, the authors illustrate the guidance with many examples of correct and incorrect usage.
Writers and editors will find authoritative guidance on issues ranging from structuring information to writing usable procedures to presenting web addresses to handling cultural sensitivities.
The guidelines cover these topics:
About the Author
Francis DeRespinis, Peter Hayward, Jana Jenkins, Amy Laird, Leslie McDonald, and Eric Radzinski are members of the IBM Style and Word Usage Council, a workgroup of senior editors who represent key product brands in IBM.
Table of Contents
Books: Back matter, front matter, general guidelines
Web addresses and IP addresses
Figures and tables
Callouts in illustrations
Captions and legends
Figures and tables
Grammar and style
Active voice or passive voice
Compounds and hyphenation
Idioms and colloquialisms
Person, point of view
Slashes and backslashes
That in clauses
Which, that, and who highlighting
Headings and subdivisions of text
Interface and device labels
Menu instructions and navigation
Dimensions notes in text
Times of day
SI Metric and English units
Version, release, and modification levels
Architectures, operating systems, and transmission protocols
Bits, bytes, and words
Commands and subcommands
File names, directory names, and object types
Use "type" or "enter"
Topic based guidelines
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