Style Guides—Five Tips for Wise Consistency
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” Ralph Waldo Emerson"
No offense to Mr. Emerson, but in software documentation, consistency is a virtue sometimes difficult to achieve and sustain. A style guide is the key to enhancing consistency in writing and editing without lowering productivity. This presentation offers tips for developing a department- or project-specific style guide to use in conjunction with style references.
Guest Speaker: Mary Burns
Mary has worked at First Data Corporation for 15 years, editing documentation for a large mainframe payments processing system. She holds a BA in English from University of Central Florida and an MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University. She is currently Vice President of the STC Orlando Central Florida chapter.
6:30pm Refreshments - 7:00pm Program
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The Orlando Central Florida Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication
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STC Orlando Central Florida Chapter
The Society for Technical Communication (stc.org), is a professional organization that “advances the theory and practice of technical communication across all user abilities and media so that both businesses and customers benefit from safe, appropriate, and effective use of products, information, and services.”
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