Yahoo has released a style guide, The Yahoo! Style Guide: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Writing, Editing, and
Creating Content for the Digital World, in direct competition with the AP Styleguide. It will be in stores (yes, in digital & physical formats) on July 6th. In reviewing the Yahoo guide, it’s clear that it is more progressive, modern, and mindful of the internet technologies and web terms and their usage, for example website instead of Web site and email instead of e-mail. I definitely agree with Yahoo more than AP, and I never thought I’d write that sentence!
The website for the book is a great web content resource in itself, including:
- Shaping your text for online reading (totally useful in briefly teaching library staff to write web content)
- How to write strong headlines/titles
- Search Engine Optimization basics (no snake oil here, just the real basics that apply to the major search engines)
- The Yahoo Word List (tech and communication specific words and their correct usage)