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As a technical communicator I rely on a few reference volumes to keep my technical writing as clean, compact, and correct as possible.
Here is my list of three most-favored reference volumes to settle any documentation questions or disputes regarding style, usage, or terminology:
1) Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications, 3rd Edition
Curiously enough, at this writing (and conditions do change), Amazon is asking for an arm and a leg ($89.99) for the THIRD Edition:
It must be out of print, clearly, so they’re charging whatever they can get.
But you can get a USED copy, SECOND Edition, for about $5, shipping (USA) included:
Or you can get the THIRD Edition a little cheaper from O’Reilly (thanks, Danielle!):
2) Handbook of Technical Writing, 11th Edition
Another great guide exclusively for technical writers and technical communicators.
3) The Little, Brown Handbook
Not written only for technical writers but I still love this little gem. You won’t believe how much grammar, usage and style information is packed into this tough little (and heavy) volume.
What other reference guides do you use? Share your experience and opinion with us. Thanks!