- "Guideline" is the NATO reporting name for the Soviet SA-2 surface-to-air missile.
|Look up guideline in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.|
A guideline is a statement by which to determine a course of action. A guideline aims to streamline particular processes according to a set routine or sound practice. By definition, following a guideline is never mandatory. Guidelines are not binding and are not enforced. ( U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, http://www.va.gov/trm/TRMGlossaryPage.asp )
Guidelines may be issued by and used by any organization (governmental or private) to make the actions of its employees or divisions more predictable, and presumably of higher quality.
Examples of guidelines are:
- EASE Guidelines for Authors and Translators of Scientific Articles
- Federal Sentencing Guidelines
- Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office
- Medical guidelines
- Human interface guidelines
- The Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation
- Programming style guidelines
- UNGEGN Toponymic Guidelines