List of style guides

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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:



  • Australian Government Style Manual by Digital Transformation Agency. 7th ed.
  • Style Manual: For Authors, Editors and Printers by Snooks & Co for the Department of Finance and Administration. 6th ed. ISBN 0-7016-3648-3.
  • The Australian Handbook for Writers and Editors by Margaret McKenzie. 4th ed. ISBN 9781921606496.
  • The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage by Pam Peters of Macquarie University. 2nd ed. ISBN 9780521702423.
  • The Complete Guide to English Usage for Australian Students by Margaret Ramsay. 6th ed. ISBN 9780521702423.



  • Australian manual of scientific style (AMOSS) by Biotext; illustrated by Biotext. 1st ed. ISBN 978-0-9946369-0-4


  • The Canadian Style: A Guide to Writing and Editing: by Dundurn Press in co-operation with Public Works and the Government Services Canada Translation Bureau. ISBN 1-55002-276-8.


  • CP Stylebook: Guide to newspaper style in Canada maintained by the Canadian Press. ISBN 0-920009-38-7.
  • The Globe and Mail Style Book: Originally created to help writers and editors at the Globe and Mail present clear, accurate and concise stories. ISBN 0-7710-5685-0

European Union[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]


For legal documents[edit]

For journalism[edit]

For the computer industry (software and hardware)[edit]

  • Acorn Technical Publications Style Guide, by Acorn Computers. Provides editorial guidelines for text in RISC OS instructional publications, technical documentation, and reference information.[7]
  • RISC OS Style Guide[8] by RISC OS Open Limited. Provides design guidelines, help and dialogue box phrasing examples for the software user interface.

United States[edit]

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[edit]

For legal documents[edit]

For academic papers[edit]

For journalism[edit]

For electronic publishing[edit]

For business[edit]

For the computer industry (software and hardware)[edit]

  • Apple Style Guide, published online by Apple Inc.[12] Provides editorial guidelines for text in Apple instructional publications, technical documentation, reference information, training programs, and the software user interface.
    An earlier version was the Apple Publications Style Guide.[13][14]
  • DigitalOcean documentation style guide, published online by DigitalOcean.[15]
  • GNOME documentation style guide, published online by GNOME.[16]
  • Google Developer Documentation Style Guide, published online by Google.[17] Provides a set of editorial guidelines for anyone writing developer documentation for Google-related projects.
  • Mailchimp content style guide, published online by Mailchimp.[18]
  • Microsoft Writing Style Guide, published online by Microsoft Corporation.[19] Provides a style standard for technical documentation including use of terminology, conventions, procedure, design treatments, and punctuation and grammar usage. Before 2018, Microsoft published a book, the Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications.
  • MongoDB documentation style guide, published by MongoDB.[20]
  • Mozilla Writing Style Guide, published online by Mozilla.[21]
  • Rackspace style guide for technical content, published online by Rackspace.[22]
  • Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry, by Sun Technical Publications, 3rd ed., 2010. [23]
  • Red Hat style guide for technical documentation, published online by Red Hat.[24]
  • Salesforce style guide for documentation and user interface text, published online by Salesforce.[25]
  • SUSE documentation style guide, published online by SUSE.[26]
  • The IBM Style Guide: Conventions for Writers and Editors, 2011,[27] and Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors, 2014,[28] from IBM Press.
  • The Splunk Style Guide, published online by Splunk.[29] Provides a writing style reference for anyone writing or editing technical documentation.
  • The Yahoo! Style Guide, 2010.[30]

Editorial style guides on preparing a manuscript for publication[edit]



  • GLAAD Media Reference Guide, 8th ed., GLAAD College Media Reference Guide, 1st ed., GLAAD Chinese Media Reference Guide, 1st ed. - published by GLAAD to encourage media outlets to use language and practices inclusive of LGBT people. Available as a free download.[33]


  • Association of Art Editors Style Guide[34]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ISO 215:1986 - Documentation -- Presentation of contributions to periodicals and other serials".
  2. ^ "Publications Office — Interinstitutional style guide — Home".
  3. ^ "English resources: English Style Guide". European Commission.
  4. ^ "BBC News style guide". BBC Academy.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2017-01-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Guardian and Observer style guide: A". 23 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Acorn Publications Open Style Guide" (PDF). RISC OS Open. Retrieved 30 April 2021.
  8. ^ "RISC OS Open: Style Guide". RISC OS Open.
  9. ^ "AP Stylebook: Know these AP Stylebook changes".
  10. ^ Paolone, Emmy Favilla, Megan. "BuzzFeed Style Guide".
  11. ^ Library of Congress Catalog Record for The Business Style Handbook. (2nd ed.).
  12. ^ Apple Inc. (July 2020). "Apple Style Guide".
  13. ^ (PDF). 17 February 2015 Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 February 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-29. Retrieved 2013-09-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ Digital Ocean. "DigitalOcean documentation style guide".
  16. ^ GNOME. "GNOME documentation style guide".
  17. ^ Google LLC. "Google developer documentation style guide".
  18. ^ Mailchimp. "Mailchimp content style guide".
  19. ^ Microsoft. "Microsoft Writing Style Guide".
  20. ^ MongoDB. "MongoDB documentation style guide".
  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.
  29. ^ "Welcome to the Splunk Style Guide - Splunk Documentation". Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  30. ^ Barr, Chris (2010). The Yahoo! Style Guide. Yahoo! Inc. ISBN 9780312569846.
  31. ^ "Shaw Communications".
  32. ^ Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers ISBN 978-0-226-11649-5
  33. ^ "GLAAD Media Reference Guide - 10th Edition". 25 August 2011.
  34. ^ "AAE Style Guide NEW". 7 March 2015. Archived from the original on 7 March 2015.

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