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50+ WRITING RESOURCES ON THE WEB
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Manjiri Sule

Grammar and Style Guides

1) Fowlers
http://www.cc.columbia.edu/acis/bartleby/fowler/

The King’s English – H. W. Fowler

Vocabulary, Syntax, Airs and Graces, Punctuation, Euphony, Quotations,
Grammar, Meaning, Ambiguity, Style

2) Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.
http://www.columbia.edu/acis/bartleby/strunk/

Introductory, Elementary Rules of Usage, Elementary Principles Of Composition,
A Few Matters of Form, Words And Expressions Commonly Misused, Words
Commonly Misspelled

3) An Elementary Grammar
http://www.hiway.co.uk/~ei/intro.html

4) Punctuation
http://sti.larc.nasa.gov/html/Chapt3/Chapt3-TOC.html

Grammar, Punctuation, and Capitalization
A Handbook for Technical Writers and Editors
Capitalization
http://sti.larc.nasa.gov/html/Chapt4/Chapt4_TOC.html

Gammar, Punctuation, and Capitalization
A Handbook for Technical Writers and Editors

5) Rules for Commas
gopher://gopher.udel.edu/00/.dept/wctr/Rules%20for%20Commas

6) Grammar Handbook
http://www.english.uiuc.edu/cws/wworkshop/grammarmenu.htm

Grammar Handbook at the Writers' Workshop, University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. This handbook explains and illustrates the basic grammatical
rules concerning parts of speech, phrases, clauses, sentences and sentence
elements, and common problems of usage. 

On-line Dictionaries

1) WWWebster Dictionary
http://www.m-w.com/netdict.htm

Merriam-Webster online is a searchable English dictionary from the American
publisher. Hypertext links in the definitions enable the dictionary to function as an
online thesaurus.

2) Roget's Thesaurus
http://web.cs.city.ac.uk/text/roget/thesaurus.html

The 1911 version from the Gutenberg project.

3) Internet Dictionary Project
http://www.june29.com/IDP/

Searchable multilingual translating dictionaries, currently Spanish, Italian, and
German. Useful for translating English words into other languages and vice-versa.

4) One Look Dictionaries - The Faster Finder
http://www.onelook.com/

A search tool which lets you look up a word in hundreds of different dictionaries
simultaneously, or from specified subject dictionaries.

5) Computing Dictionary
http://wombat.doc.ic.ac.uk/

Searchable resource from Imperial College, London.

Facts and Figures

1)Weights and Measures
http://alabanza.com/kabacoff/Inter-Links/misc/weights.html

Conversion tables.

2)Conversion of Units
http://www.cchem.berkeley.edu/ChemResources/temperature.html

Effective and speedy calculator for converting degrees of temperature from one
scale to another.

3) 1997 World FactBook
http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html

Key data about countries worldwide.

4) International Alphabet
http://www.eerie.fr/%7Epannekou/alphabet.html

From alpha to zulu.

Facts and Figures continued

5) Local Times Around the World
http://www.hilink.com.au/times/

Tells you the current time for anywhere in the world and the variation from GMT.

6) City Map Sites
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/map_sites/cities_sites.html

Pointers to maps of major cities around the world from the Perry-Castañeda Collection at the University of Texas. You may find access
quicker via the German
Mirror Site.

7) Foreign Exchange Rates
http://www.dna.lth.se/cgi-bin/kurt/rates

Daily currency exchange rates for 36 major currencies.

 Writing

1) Writing Technique Handbook
http://www.english.uiuc.edu/cws/wworkshop/writer.html

Writing Techniques Handbook at the Writers' Workshop, University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. This Handbook offers advice on various elements of the writing
process.

2) Technical Writing Homepage
http://www.wrt.tcu.edu/wrt/wri/tech.htm

While the preliminary main function of this page is to display information about the
Writing Center at Texas Christian University, its most attractive feature is to offer a
set of exemplary Technical Writing assignments, which have been covered by TCU students. The site offers a list of links to examples of technical writing on a variety of subjects, including essays on HTML, E-mail Discussion Groups, Hypertext, MOOS, Veronica, etc.

There are 18 topics covering mostly Internet and software information. The essays
are quite well written and provide excellent models for the beginning technical writer.

 3) Giving Credit to Internet Sources
http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~mikea/student/netcite.html

Editing

1) Copy Editing
http://www.well.com/user/mmcadams/copy.editing.html

What is copy editing, detailed course contents

2) The Copyediting-L Style FAQ
http://www.rt66.com/~telp/sfindex.htm

Too good to be true: answers to (or at least educated opinions on) questions that
have plagued copy editors since time immemorial. Also provides information
about classes in copy editing
and rates charged by professional copy editors.

3) Writing/Editing/Design for Copy Editors
http://www.poynter.org/vj/copyed97/copyed97.html

A multifaceted site from the Poynter Institute for Media Studies (newspaper
oriented). Includes tips for writing headlines and captions.

4) Proofreading

Magazines and Archives

1)The Editorial Eye
http://www.eeicom.com/eye/

A sampler of interesting articles from an established newsletter for editors and
other publishing fprofessionals. The parent company, EEI (Editorial Experts Inc.)
also offers
training for editors.

The Sampler covers:

  • Techniques for careful writing and enhanced readability
  • Efficient and tactful ways to edit others
  • Effective design and typography choices
  • Helpful books, periodicals, software
  • Trends and industry news
  • Changes in grammar, usage, style, and publishing conventions
  • New job definitions and working relationships

2) User Friendly Manuals
http://www.prc.dk/user-friendly-manuals/ufm/

The place to find the hottest news and tips on how to make user friendly instruction   manuals and control the quality of instruction manuals

3) The Doc Manager’s Newsletter
http://www.tech-tav.com/DocNews.htm

This newsletter is for product managers, marketing managers, documentation
managers, and directors of R&D who are responsible for documentation.

4) Technical Communication Quarterly (TCQ) is the journal of the Association of
Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW).
http://rhetoric.agoff.umn.edu/~tcq/

Magazines and Archives continued

5) The On-line Help Journal
http://www.winwriters.com/OHJ/index.htm

6) Techwr-L Mailing List Archive
http://www.documentation.com/techwrit/techwrit-l.htm

Cambridge Publications hosts this searchable archive of the Techwr-L mailing list
as a free service to the technical communications community.

7) TechComm - the technical communicators' discussion list:
http://www.hairydog.clara.net/techcomm.html

It was initially started by a group of technical writers who wanted to discuss
'generic' writing and grammar issues, and other subjects that were relevant to,
but not unique to technical communication.

8) Winhlp-L Mailing List Archive
http://www.documentation.com/winhelp-l/winhelp-l.htm

searchable archive of the Winhlp-L mailing list as a free service to the WinHelp
community

9) RoboList Mailing List Archive
http://www.documentation.com/winlists/robolist.htm

This searchable archive contains articles from the RoboLIST Internet mailing list

Writing Labs, Word Play, Games, Puzzles

1)Writing Labs and Writing Centers on the Web
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owls/writing-labs.html

Nearly 50 online writing sites listed here.

2) Wordplay
http://www.wolinskyweb.com/word.htm

Judi Wolinsky’s page offering tons of links to other sites that feature "fun with words."

3) Reader’s Digest WordPower (for vocabulary tests) at
http://www.readersdigest.co.uk/rdlive/wordpower.htm.

4) Crosswords at
http://www.puzzledepot.com/wordfinder2/crossword.html.

5) Hangman game links at http://dir.yahoo.com/Recreation/Games/
Internet_Games/Web_Games/Word_Games/
Hangman/

6) Crossword links at http://dir.yahoo.com/Recreation/Games/Puzzles/Crossword_Puzzles/.

Tools

FrameMaker

1) Adobe FrameMaker
http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/framemaker/prodinfo.html

2) Adobe Products:

http://www.adobe.com/
Acrobat, FrameMaker and other products

3) FrameMaker Utilities
http://www.cs.stir.ac.uk/~kjt/software/framemaker/framemaker.html

This site contains utilities that do conversions, create templates, change font,
sizes, and change line spacing. It also includes other sites to visit for filters.

4) FrameUsers.com
http://www.FrameUsers.com/index.shtml
This site is the FrameMaker Users online network. From this site you can
subscribe to the frameusers listserv, read the FAQ, visit the news group,
download templates, patches, updates, graphics and utilities, and add yourself to
their database of FrameMaker gurus.

5) RoboHELP, RoboHELP Office and RoboHTML
http://www.blue-sky.com/

6) Wextech
http://www.wextech.com/
For Doc-To-Help and other services.

7) Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/
For updating ourselves with their trend setting standards for help and documentation.

8) Word Home
http://www.microsoft.com/word/
And Knowledge Base

Graphics

1) Lycos Pictures
http://www.lycos.com/picturethis/

Browse through more than 40,000 free images of current pictures and vintage
illustrations.

2) Multimedia Gallery
http://www.internet-stuff.com/multimedia_gallery/index.html
Browse through around 20379 files.

3) Links for Designing Web Pages
http://members.tripod.com/~ruckster/weblinks.html

The best meta-link to find all related sites.

HTML

1) HTML Writers Guild
http://www.hwg.org/

The Guild is the world's largest international organization of Web designers with
over 70,000 members in more than 130 nations worldwide. Membership is open to
anyone with an interest in authoring and a desire to improve his or her skills.

This is a meta-link having huge information about HTML resources, mailing lists,
magazines, books, course, and news to name a few.

2) HTML Help
http://www.microsoft.com/workshop/author/htmlhelp/default.asp

For HTML, DHTML and DSS

3) DHTML
http://www.dhtmlzone.com/alt.html

This site is to help designers create dynamic pages that can be delivered through
both Netscape and Microsoft browsers.

TW Associations

1) TWIN
http://members.tripod.com/~Kamath/
Technical Writers of India

2) Society for Technical Communication
http://stc.org/
Regional and Chapter Information

Senior Technical Writer, Querisoft Systems Pvt. Ltd.
Pune, India.
e-mail: manjiri@qspl.stpp.soft.net
www.entevo.com



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