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In a recent discussion regarding software manuals, we came across the issue of different styles of writing / speaking in English. I am having a hard time finding a list of the different styles, such as vernacular, slang, old-fashioned, the type of talk one would use with a professor, and such.

What is the name of the preferred writing style for software manuals, and where might one find a list of the different styles?

Thanks.

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    This question is ambiguous, off-topic or both. Do you ask if slang is the preferred writing style for manuals? – John Smithers Apr 4 '12 at 18:10
  • No, I ask what are the names of the different writing styles, and what is the name of the preferred writing style for software manuals? – dotancohen Apr 4 '12 at 18:16
  • Casual, formal, technical? – cornbread ninja Apr 4 '12 at 18:28
  • @cornbreadninja - I think that's what's meant here. Maybe? dotancohen, would you like to take this to chat? Maybe we can make this more specific. – Goodbye Stack Exchange Apr 4 '12 at 18:45
  • Thanks, cornbread. Those are quite the styles that I am looking for. Too bad that Google Sets is gone, I cannot find a list with those items. I would love to take this to chat, but I am at work and cannot be available immediately as a chat would require. – dotancohen Apr 4 '12 at 19:48
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What is the name of the preferred writing style for software manuals, and where might one find a list of the different styles?

Software manual authorship falls under technical writing. Business correspondence is an example of formal writing, and a letter to your grandma is an example of casual writing.

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  • You're welcome! I'm sorry it isn't more comprehensive or cited. I will improve the answer as best I can. – cornbread ninja Apr 5 '12 at 13:55
  • Actually, you address exactly the three types of writing that I needed to know the names of. – dotancohen Apr 5 '12 at 14:06

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