A style guide is a work aiming to set out rules for writers. In such works, style can have two meanings:
- Publication conventions for markup style, such as italicization of book and movie titles, expression of dates and numbers, or formats for footnotes.
- Literary considerations of prose style, such as best usage, common grammatical errors, rules or suggestions for the most forceful expression of ideas.
Some style guides include:
For the English language:
- The Chicago Manual of Style -- mostly publishing conventions
- Words into Type -- publishing conventions, less scholarly, more accessible than the Chicago Manual
- The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White-- mostly literary style, American
- Politics and the English Language by George Orwell
- Wikipedia:Manual of Style -- the style guide used for Wikipedia
Other relevant books: