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Yahoo Style Guide No Longer Available

From: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2013 05:08:23 -0400
Message-ID: <5215D507.7080204@w3.org>
To: WebPlatform Community <public-webplatform@w3.org>
CC: Janet Swisher <jswisher@mozilla.com>, Nick Doty <npdoty@w3.org>
Hi, folks–

We reference the Yahoo! Style Guide as our style guide; at the time we 
made that decision, the online version of the Yahoo! Style Guide was free.

Apparently, sometime in June they took down the online version, and 
started pointing instead to printed (commercial) versions.

We have a few options at this point
* continue to point at the Yahoo! Style Guide, which is (for now, 
anyway) still available on Archive.org [1]
* point to a different resource [2], noting that only Yahoo! had 
comprehensive focus on online writing
* adapt an existing one that has an open license and is close enough [3]
* write our own
* something else

Personally, I like the idea of adapting the Gov.uk style guide to our 
use, giving them attribution of course.

Writing our own or adapting one gives us an interesting longer-term 
opportunity to fill the void that Yahoo! has left, specifically focused 
perhaps on writing online documentation. But that may be a bit ambitious 
and meta to consider now.

[1] http://web.archive.org/web/20121014054923/http://styleguide.yahoo.com/
[2] http://www.dailywritingtips.com/5-online-style-guides/
[3] https://www.gov.uk/designprinciples/styleguide

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