I recently asked an online content group for links to "style guides." There were several responses, including many links to "design guides," as in guidelines for interface design: layout, colors, fonts, and so on. Interesting stuff to be sure, but not precisely what I was looking for.

I was looking for editorial style guides, such as The Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS), AP Stylebook, and so on. Not that these aren't excellent resources, but if you're on a budget (as I was), you might be interested in freely available resources.

If you're interested in editorial style guides, here's what I've gathered so far:

Editorial style resources

Editorials and guidance from other technical writers:

If you have other resources, please feel free to share them. I'll update these lists from time to time.

Revision History

  • 6 May 2018: Reviewing and updating.
  • 8 Mar 2017: Synchronizing with latest updates.
  • 7 Feb 2017: Adding "Writing Explained" and reworking resource presentation.
  • 31 Jan 2017: Adding "Elegant Document Principles," fixing typos, and fleshing out attributions.
  • 30 Jan 2017: Original post.