List of style guides

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:


  • Style Manual: For Authors, Editors and Printers Snooks & Co for the Department of Finance and Administration. 6th ed. ISBN 0-7016-3648-3.


  • 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

United Kingdom


For journalism

For the computer industry (software and hardware)

  • 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

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.

For general writing

For academic papers

For journalism

For electronic publishing

For business

For the computer industry (software and hardware)

  • Apple Style Guide, published online by Apple Inc. Provides editorial guidelines for text in Apple instructional publications, technical documentation, reference information, training programs, and the software user interface.[12] An earlier version was the Apple Publications Style Guide[13][14]
  • Google Developer Documentation Style Guide., published online by Google.[15] Provides a set of editorial guidelines for anyone writing developer documentation for Google-related projects.
  • Microsoft Writing Style Guide, published online by Microsoft Corporation.[16] 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.
  • The IBM Style Guide: Conventions for Writers and Editors, 2011, and Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors, 2014, from IBM Press.
  • The Yahoo! Style Guide, 2010.
  • The Splunk Style Guide, published online by Splunk.[17] Provides a writing style reference for anyone writing or editing technical documentation.
  • Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry, by Sun Technical Publications, 2nd ed., 2003.

Editorial style guides on preparing a manuscript for publication



  • 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.[20]


  • Association of Art Editors Style Guide[21]

See also


  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). Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  8. "RISC OS Open: Style Guide".
  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. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-08-10. Retrieved 2018-08-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. "Wayback Machine" (PDF). 17 February 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 February 2015.
  14. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-29. Retrieved 2013-09-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. "About this guide - Google Developer Documentation Style Guide". Google Developers.
  16. pallep. "Welcome - Microsoft Style Guide".
  17. "Welcome to the Splunk Style Guide - Splunk Documentation". Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  18. "Shaw Communications".
  19. Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers ISBN 978-0-226-11649-5
  20. "GLAAD Media Reference Guide - 10th Edition". 25 August 2011.
  21. "AAE Style Guide NEW". 7 March 2015. Archived from the original on 7 March 2015.
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