Re: Style Guide... /These aren't doc. style guides.

Subject: Re: Style Guide... /These aren't doc. style guides.
From: Stephen Schiller <smschill -at- SOFTART -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 4 May 1995 12:01:35 -0500

Hi All,

I don't have an answer for Greg's question, but I do have another question.
What style guides are people using for their documentation? The style guides
often seen recommended on this list are GUI style guides, not documentation
style guides.

I realize that I can glean GUI style guides for documentation terms and
definitions, but are there any computer documentation style guides? I am
familiar with Apple's and Microsoft's documetation style guides. Apple's is
too platform specific for my needs, and Microsoft's is not available for
purchase (as far as I know). I've heard that DEC just released a
documetation style guide for purchase.

Any comments or recommendations anyone? Please send comments/flames to me

Stephen Schiller
smschill -at- softart -dot- com


>Some time ago I clipped this chunk of info from someone's forward to the
>list. Does anyone know the name and e-mail of the original compiler?

>Thanks, Greg

>Gregory Keith
>Documentation Specialist
>Delrina Canada
>gkeith -at- delrina -dot- com


>1. Apple Computer, Inc. Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines. Reading, MA:
>Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1992. ISBN 0-201-62216-5. There is an
>interactive animated companion CD-ROM to these Mac guidelines called "Making
>it Macintosh", Addison-Wesley, 1993. ISBN 0-201-62626-8.

>2. Commodore-Amiga, Inc. Amiga User Interface Style Guide. Reading, Mass.:
>Addison-Wesley, 1991. ISBN 0-201-57757-7.

>3. GO Corporation. PenPoint User Interface Design Reference. Reading, MA:
>Addison-Wesley, 1992. ISBN 0-201-60858-8.

>4. Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Sunsoft Inc. & USL. Common Desktop Environment:
>Functional Specification (Preliminary Draft). X/Open Company Ltd., 1993.
> ISBN 1-85912-001-6. Available via ftp from ftp

>5. IBM. Object-Oriented Interface Design: IBM Common User Access
>Guidelines. Carmel, Indiana: Que, 1992. ISBN 1-56529-170-0.

>6. James Martin, Kathleen Kavanagh Chapman & Joe Leben. Systems Application
>Architecture: Common User Access. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall,
>1991. ISBN 0-13-785023-9.

>7. Microsoft Corporation. The GUI Guide: International Terminology for the
>Windows Interface. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Press, 1993. ISBN 1-55615-538-7.

>8. Microsoft Corporation. The Windows Interface: An Application Design
>Guide. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Press, 1992. ISBN 1-55615-384-8.

>9. Open Software Foundation. OSF/Motif Style Guide. Englewood Cliffs, NJ:
>Prentice Hall, 1993. ISBN 0-13-643123-2.

>10. NeXT Computer, Inc. NeXTSTEP User Interface Guidelines (Release 3).
>Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Publishing, 1992. ISBN 0-201-63250-0.

>11. Sun Microsystems, Inc. OPEN LOOK Graphical User Interface Application
>Style Guidelines. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1989. ISBN

>12. Sun Microsystems, Inc. OPEN LOOK Graphical User Interface Functional
>Specification. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1989. ISBN 0-201-52365-5.

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