Monthly Archives: November 2020

New Style Manual now online

The Australian Government has launched its new digital style manual.

It is available for free at: stylemanual.gov.au. There is no printed version.

It updates and replaces the Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Printers, sixth edition, published in 2002. The digital Style Manual describes itself as ‘for everyone who writes or approves Australian Government content’, but it can be used to guide other users. Use it to create clear and consistent content that meets the needs of users.

Any changes from the printed Style Manual are described as evidence-based. Release notes on each page give an idea of what has changed. There is a feature called Changelog which summarises what’s new, updated or changed.

Another handy feature is the opportunity to give feedback on each page for future releases.

Writers and editors familiar with the printed Style Manual may find it takes time to get used to the new digital version and find content.

It is an initiative of the Australian Government’s Digital Transformation Agency, and the many contributors are acknowledged on the site including members of the Institute of Professional Editors.

Here’s what I said about the previous Style Manual.