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IBM Style Guide, The: Conventions for Writers and Editors, 1st edition

  • Francis DeRespinis
  • Peter Hayward
  • Jana Jenkins
  • Amy Laird
  • Leslie McDonald
  • Eric Radzinski

Published by IBM Press (October 14th 2011) - Copyright © 2011

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IBM Style Guide, The: Conventions for Writers and Editors

ISBN-13: 9780132118934

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Table of contents

Foreword     xviii
About this publication     xxi
Acknowledgments     xxii
About the authors     xxiv
Chapter 1 Language and grammar     1
Abbreviations     1
  General guidelines     1
  Spelled-out forms of abbreviations     3
  Periods with abbreviations     5
  Latin abbreviations     6
  Abbreviations in headings and titles     7
  Abbreviations in glossaries     7
  Abbreviations in indexes     7
  Abbreviations for units of time     8
Anthropomorphism     8
Articles     10
Capitalization     11
  Capitalization styles     11
  Capitalization and abbreviations     13
  Capitalization and colons     14
  Capitalization and figures     14
  Capitalization in general text     14
  Capitalization in glossaries     16
  Capitalization in headings and titles     16
  Capitalization and hyphens     17
  Capitalization in indexes     18
  Capitalization in interfaces     18
  Capitalization of letters as letters     19
  Capitalization in lists     20
  Capitalization for tables in text     20
  Capitalization of computer-related terms     20
Contractions     24
Prepositions     25
Pronouns     27
  Ambiguous pronoun references     27
   ender-neutral pronouns     27
  Personal pronouns     29
  Relative pronouns     29
Spelling     30
Verbs     31
  General guidelines     31
  Mood     32
  Person     33
  Tense     35
  Voice     35
Chapter 2 Punctuation     37
Punctuation marks and special characters     37
  Individual punctuation marks or special characters     37
  Series of punctuation marks or special characters     39
  Common punctuation marks and special characters     39
Apostrophes     41
  Apostrophes in plurals     41
  Apostrophes in possessives     41
Colons     42
  Colons in running text     42
  Colons in headings and titles     43
  Colons after introductory text     43
  Colons and capitalization     44
  Colons with numbers     45
Commas     45
  Commas between clauses     45
  Commas after introductory words and phrases     46
  Commas between items in a series     47
  Commas with nonrestrictive clauses     47
  Commas as separators in numbers     47
  Commas with quotation marks     48
Dashes     48
  En dashes     48
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