|50+ WRITING RESOURCES ON THE WEB
by Manjiri Sule
Grammar and Style Guideshttp://www.cc.columbia.edu/acis/bartleby/fowler/
The Kings English H. W. Fowler
Vocabulary, Syntax, Airs and Graces, Punctuation, Euphony, Quotations,
Grammar, Meaning, Ambiguity, Style
2) Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.
Introductory, Elementary Rules of Usage, Elementary Principles Of Composition,
A Few Matters of Form, Words And Expressions Commonly Misused, Words
3) An Elementary Grammar
Grammar, Punctuation, and Capitalization
A Handbook for Technical Writers and Editors
Gammar, Punctuation, and Capitalization
A Handbook for Technical Writers and Editors
5) Rules for Commas
6) Grammar Handbook
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.
1) WWWebster Dictionary
Merriam-Webster online is a searchable English dictionary from the American
publisher. Hypertext links in the definitions enable the dictionary to function as an
2) Roget's Thesaurus
The 1911 version from the Gutenberg project.
3) Internet Dictionary Project
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
A search tool which lets you look up a word in hundreds of different dictionaries
simultaneously, or from specified subject dictionaries.
5) Computing Dictionary
Searchable resource from Imperial College, London.
Facts and Figures
1)Weights and Measures
2)Conversion of Units
Effective and speedy calculator for converting degrees of temperature from one
scale to another.
3) 1997 World FactBook
Key data about countries worldwide.
4) International Alphabet
From alpha to zulu.
Facts and Figures continued
5) Local Times Around the Worldhttp://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 Rateshttp://www.dna.lth.se/cgi-bin/kurt/rates
Daily currency exchange rates for 36 major currencies.
1) Writing Technique Handbook
Writing Techniques Handbook at the Writers' Workshop, University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. This Handbook offers advice on various elements of the writing
2) Technical Writing Homepage
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
1) Copy Editing
What is copy editing, detailed course contents
Copyediting-L Style FAQ
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
A multifaceted site from the Poynter Institute for Media
oriented). Includes tips for writing headlines and captions.
Magazines and Archives
1)The Editorial Eyehttp://www.eeicom.com/eye/
A sampler of interesting articles from an established
newsletter for editors and training
other publishing fprofessionals. The parent company, EEI (Editorial Experts Inc.)
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 Manualshttp://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 Managers Newsletterhttp://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 http://rhetoric.agoff.umn.edu/~tcq/
Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW).
Magazines and Archives continued
5) The On-line Help Journal
6) Techwr-L Mailing List Archive
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'
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
searchable archive of the Winhlp-L mailing list as a free service to the WinHelp
9) RoboList Mailing List Archive
This searchable archive contains articles from the RoboLIST Internet mailing list
Writing Labs, Word Play, Games,
1)Writing Labs and Writing Centers on the Web
Nearly 50 online writing sites listed here.
Judi Wolinskys page offering tons of links to other sites that feature "fun
3) Readers Digest WordPower (for vocabulary tests) athttp://www.readersdigest.co.uk/rdlive/wordpower.htm.
4) Crosswords at
5) Hangman game links at http://dir.yahoo.com/Recreation/Games/
6) Crossword links at http://dir.yahoo.com/Recreation/Games/Puzzles/Crossword_Puzzles/.
1) Adobe FrameMaker
2) Adobe Products:
Acrobat, FrameMaker and other products
3) FrameMaker Utilities
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.
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 RoboHTMLhttp://www.blue-sky.com/
For Doc-To-Help and other services.
For updating ourselves with their trend setting standards for help and documentation.
8) Word Homehttp://www.microsoft.com/word/
And Knowledge Base
1) Lycos Pictureshttp://www.lycos.com/picturethis/
Browse through more than 40,000 free images of current pictures and vintage
2) Multimedia Galleryhttp://www.internet-stuff.com/multimedia_gallery/index.html
Browse through around 20379 files.
3) Links for Designing Web Pageshttp://members.tripod.com/~ruckster/weblinks.html
The best meta-link to find all related sites.
1) HTML Writers Guildhttp://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
This site is to help designers create dynamic pages that can be delivered through
both Netscape and Microsoft browsers.
Technical Writers of India
2) Society for Technical Communicationhttp://stc.org/
Regional and Chapter Information
Senior Technical Writer, Querisoft Systems
Pvt. Ltd.Pune, India.
© 1996, 1997, 1998 Dr. Raj Mehta. All rights reserved.