New Sun Press Title: Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry, Third Edition


Sun Technical Publications is pleased to announce the release of the third edition of the industry-leading style guide "Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry". This guide to creating clear, consistent, and easy-to-understand documentation covers everything from writing style to creating lists and procedures to managing schedules and workflow.

The third edition features new chapters on:

  • Writing for wikis and encouraging wiki collaboration
  • Creating screencasts, using screencast terminology, and guidelines for creating narration
  • Creating alternative text for nontext elements such as screen captures, multimedia content, illustrations, and diagrams
It also includes new tables for symbol name conventions, for common anthropomorphisms, and for common idioms and colloquialisms. To quote STC Fellow Dr. JoAnn Hackos, "It brings together a wealth of knowledge that all technical communicators must have to succeed."

"Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry, Third Edition" is available through Safari Books Online at http://techbus.safaribooksonline.com/9780137058280. The print edition will be available in mid-October. For Sun employees, access is funded via the Sun subscription to Safari Books Online - access this amazing book here: http://sunlibrary.safaribooksonline.com/9780137058280/?uicode=sun and learn today (note: this does not replace the Sun Editorial Style Guide, which is the in-house and Sun-specific version of this guide).

Comments:

According to the "sample" available at Safari Books, the ToC shows that page 106 has a Table 3-1, with the title "Anthopomorphisms to Avoid".
Perhaps this is an example of "A Spelling Mistake to Avoid".

Regards,

Eddie ( married to an ex-DEC Tech Editor )

Posted by Edward Kosmalski on September 04, 2009 at 03:10 AM PDT #

Thanks Eddie - I let the writers know!

Posted by christy on September 04, 2009 at 04:39 AM PDT #

is the book available in soft copy format? CD?

Posted by Praneeta on October 20, 2009 at 11:29 PM PDT #

Hi Praneeta - Yes, the book is available electronically via Safari Books Online. If you don't have an account, you can get one and/or a trial here: http://my.safaribooksonline.com/9780137058266?portal=informit

Christy

Posted by christy on October 20, 2009 at 11:41 PM PDT #

Thanks Christy for the quick response.

Posted by Praneeta on October 20, 2009 at 11:55 PM PDT #

this is cool, this is what we want dude......

Posted by link of london on November 05, 2009 at 03:19 PM PST #

Christy, help! Is there no CD available with the 3rd edition? Looks like we won't be able to buy a Safari subscription.

Posted by Praneeta on January 20, 2010 at 03:37 PM PST #

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