A style guide, or style manual, is a set of standards for the writing and design of documents, either for general use or for a specific publication, organization or field. The implementation of a style guide provides uniformity in style and formatting within a document and across multiple documents. A set of standards for a specific organization is often known as "house style". Style guides are common for general and specialized use, for the general reading and writing audience, and for students and scholars of various academic disciplines, medicine, journalism, the law, government, business, and industry.


Several basic style guides for technical and scientific communication have been defined by international standards organizations. These are often used as elements of and refined in more specialized style guides that are specific to a subject, region, or organization. Some examples are:







European Union

United Kingdom


For legal documents

For journalism

For the computer industry (software and hardware)

United States

In the United States, both corporate and journalistic forms of mass communication rely on styles provided in the Associated Press Stylebook (AP).[9] A classic grammar style guide, which is designed to complement the AP Stylebook, is The Elements of Style. Together, these two books are referenced more than any other general style book for U.S. third-person writing used across most professions.[citation needed]

For general writing

For legal documents

For academic papers

For journalism

For electronic publishing

For business

For the computer industry (software and hardware)

Editorial style guides on preparing a manuscript for publication




See also


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  10. ^ Paolone, Emmy Favilla, Megan. "BuzzFeed Style Guide". BuzzFeed.com.
  11. ^ Library of Congress Catalog Record for The Business Style Handbook. Lccn.loc.gov (2nd ed.).
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  18. ^ Mailchimp. "Mailchimp content style guide".
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  21. ^ Mozilla. "Mozilla Writing Style Guide".
  22. ^ Rackspace. "Rackspace style guide for technical content".
  23. ^ Sun Technical Publications (2010). Read me first!: a style guide for the computer industry, 3rd ed. Prentice Hall. ISBN 9780137058266.
  24. ^ Red Hat. "Red Hat Style Guide".
  25. ^ Salesforce. "Salesforce style guide for documentation and user interface text".
  26. ^ SUSE. "SUSE documentation style guide".
  27. ^ DeRespinis, Francis (2011). The IBM Style Guide: Conventions for Writers and Editors. IBM Press. ISBN 9780132101301.
  28. ^ Carey, Michelle (2014). Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors, 3rd ed. IBM Press. ISBN 9780133119008.
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  31. ^ "Shaw Communications". Members.shaw.ca.
  32. ^ Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers ISBN 978-0-226-11649-5
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  34. ^ "AAE Style Guide NEW". 7 March 2015. Archived from the original on 7 March 2015.