Is it e-mail or email, Internet or internet, Web site, Website, or website? In a new book that deals with standards for writing online, Yahoo addresses these questions and many more. Coming in at 528 pages, The Yahoo! Style Guide: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Writing, Editing, and Creating Content for the Digital World is available for pre-order from Amazon for $14.84 and is scheduled to ship on July 6. Some of the content is also available online, as well as supplementary content not available in the book.
Standard guides like The Associated Press Stylebook1 and The Chicago Manual of Style will remain useful and worth consulting. But there’s a lot these tried and true guides don’t cover, and I find them to be a tad dated when it comes to keeping up with the fast-paced world of the Facebook, Twitter, blogging, etc. For example, AP just recently switched from Web site to website.
More than just writing standards, The Yahoo! Style Guide discusses “techniques for streamlining copy, basic Web codes, Internet law, search engine optimization, and more.” According to one reviewer, it’s “a complete and straightforward guide to search engine optimization, basic HTML, website design, and that mother of all multimedia skills—clear, concise, and engaging writing for the Web.”
I pre-ordered a copy today for our department at work and would encourage those of you who blog or otherwise produce content on the Web to consider doing the same.