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Acronym Finder

The Acronym Finder is a world wide web searchable database of more than 193,000 abbreviations and acronyms about computers, technology, telecommunications, and military acronyms and abbreviations.

Mountain Data Systems. Reference>Dictionaries



Articles researched by Answers.com's in-house editorial team, community-contributed articles from Wikipedia, and user-generated questions and answers from Answers.com's WikiAnswers.

Answers.com. Reference>Encyclopedias>Search


Apple Publications Style Guide (2003)   (PDF)

An updated version of the style guide used by writers and editors in Apple publications groups.

Apple Inc. (2003). Reference>Style Guides>Technical Writing>Technical Writing


Avoiding Insensitive and Offensive Language

Suggestions for avoiding language that reinforces stereotypes or excludes certain groups of people. Includes examples of sentences and words to avoid, and replacements for them. Includes the following topics: Sexism, Race and Ethnicity, Age, Sexual Orientation, Depersonalization of Persons with Disabilities or Illnesses, Patronizing or Demeaning Expressions, and Language That Excludes or Emphasizes Differences.

Nichols, Wendalyn. Random House. Reference>Style Guides>Discrimination>Ethnicity


Browser Compatibility Table

A list of various CSS rules and their compatibility with common browsers and operating systems. With a quick glance, the designer or developer can note which CSS properties should be used or avoided. The table also offers an interactive feature that highlights the row your cursor is on. This makes pinpointing the compatibility of a specific CSS property much easier.

Centricle (2008). Reference>Web Design>CSS>Web Browsers


Call for Backup! Concept and Reference Topics in DITA

What do concept topics do? They support task topics in that they give the user additional information that he or she needs to know before starting a task or in order to help them complete the task.

Logan, Lisa. Carolina Communique (2014). Reference>Technology>DITA>Technical Writing


Catching Errors in Internet Addresses

Internet addresses have been proliferating in publications, and they're not going to go away. Editors unfamiliar with the Net may see these addresses as incomprehensible blocks of characters that can't be understood or analyzed into components. But learning a little about their structure can help prevent you from publishing erroneous addresses.

Ivey, Keith C. Editorial Eye, The (1997). Reference>Style Guides


Chico State Writing Style Guide

When editors refer to style, they usually do not mean an individual's writing style; they mean editorial style—the guidelines a publisher uses to enhance the reader's understanding. Editorial style includes the consistent use of spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and abbreviations, as well as the selection of headings and the use of numbers. These guidelines are often called 'conventions' because they represent a conventional presentation used in publishing.

California State University (2002). Reference>Style Guides>Writing


Common Errors in English

Offers an extensive list of commonly confused words, their definitions and the correct way to use them.

Brians, Paul. Washington State University. Reference>Style Guides>Grammar


Common Proofreading Symbols

A list of symbols, their meaning, and an example of usage.

Capital Community College. Reference>Editing


Commonly Confused Words

A list of frequently used and sometimes misused words, their definitions and examples of their correct usage.

Author's Guide (2001). Reference>Style Guides


Comunicazione Tecnica

Il processo di comunicazione tecnica consiste nel veicolare informazioni circa una tecnologia ad una platea ben definita.

Wikipedia. (Italian) Reference>Writing>Technical Writing


Confusing Words

Confusing Words is a collection of words that are troublesome to readers and writers. Words are grouped according to the way they are most often confused or misused.

Confusing Words. Reference>Style Guides>Diction


CSS Properties Table

A quick reference table for the css properties!

PageResource.com (2003). Reference>Web Design>Standards>CSS


Deadwood Phrases   (PDF)

Lists common phrases that make wordy documents and makes suggestions for replacing them.

Author's Guide (2000). Reference>Style Guides



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Dictionary.com. Reference>Dictionaries



A comprehensive online reference resource, with a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia and word/phrase translation service.

Lexico Publishing Group, LLC (2007). Reference>Dictionaries


Documenting Electronic Sources

The Internet is a widely used tool for research, but unfortunately, style manuals contain little information on how to document electronic sources. This page contains links to sources which will help students, teachers, and anybody doing research on the Internet to cite such sources using different styles. Some links come from 'Cyber Citations,' an article by Michael A. Arnzen, which appeared in Internet World in September 1996. Some of the addresses were no longer current and are updated here, and many more have been added.

Purdue University. Reference>Style Guides>Research


The Economist Style Guide

This guide is based on the style book which is given to all journalists at The Economist.

Economist, The (2004). Reference>Style Guides>Journalism>United Kingdom


The Economist Style Guide

This guide is based on the style book which is given to all journalists at The Economist.

Economist, The (2016). Reference>Style Guides>Journalism>United Kingdom


EERE Communication Standards and Guidelines

The development and dissemination of new communication standards and guidelines are evolving processes that require cooperation, teamwork, and clear communication.

U.S. Department of Energy (2004). Reference>Style Guides


The Elements of Style

Asserting that one must first know the rules to break them, this classic reference book is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer. Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature, it gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.

Strunk, William, Jr. and E.B. White. Bartleby.com (1959). Reference>Style Guides>Writing>Rhetoric


Engineering Communicator's Manual

This manual is intended to be used by any engineering student (undergraduate or graduate) who has to complete writing assignments or oral presentations for any course. You will find information on general principles of grammar and style, as well as specific examples of technical writing and presenting. If your communication assignment is for an engineering class, you will want to pay particular attention to the sample documents.

Hart, Hillary. University of Texas. Reference>Style Guides>Engineering



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