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The Open Group Technical Publications Style Guide
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This document is The Open Group Style Guide for technical publications.
It should be followed to ensure a unified approach to documentation style, organization, terminology, and appearance.
This document is intended for anyone who drafts or writes technical documents for publication by The Open Group.
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The following documents are referenced in this Style Guide:
- ISO 8859-1: 1987, Information Processing — 8-bit Single-byte Coded Graphic Character Sets — Part 1: Latin Alphabet No. 1; refer to: www.iso.ch
- Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry, SunSoft Press, A Prentice Hall Title, 1996, ISBN 0-13-455347-0
- The Chicago Manual of Style, University of Chicago Press
- Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam-Webster ; refer to: www.merriam-webster.com