Writing a Style Guide for Montréalités

Working as a group, produce an in-house style guide for Montréalités. Make sure to use an existing style guide as a point of reference. 


Note: Graphics formats logo presentation and other issues that relate to appearance also belong elsewhere. Design decisions that belong in a design guide include:

  • Bullet characters
  • Whether list numbers in procedures have a period after the number
  • Use of horizontal and vertical rules in tables of data
  • Use of spot color for headings, bullet characters, and other navigation aids
  • What file formats and resolutions to use for graphics
  • Numerous other issues related to the appearance of the final product


Divide into groups of three and create style guidelines for your assigned section: 


Group 1

  • The version of English to use, specifying any variations.  
  • The system of measurement to use
  • Any reference materials to use, specifying any variations.  
  • Which template entry/page to use for each type of document.
  • What document elements (e.g., title page, preface, table of contents, glossary, index, summary of changes, copyright information) are required, and what to include in them.
  • Content of headers and footers, and what pages they appear on.
  • What legal elements are required (copyright, trademark information), and what goes in them.
  • Glossaries, bibliographies, footnotes, and references: What style, and when to use.


Group 2

  • Caution, danger, and warning  and general notices: Wording and usage and design.
  • Provide additional design guidelines, including the following items: font styles, sizes, highlighting, and color for both headings and text; image size, location, and type of image file to upload;  word count for articles and entries.


Group 3

  • The style of capitalization to use for headings, vertical lists, figure and table captions, and other situations.
  • The style of punctuation to use for running lists and vertical lists.
  • The minimum level of information to include in a particular type of document (e.g., conceptual information or procedural information).
  • Whether to use within-document navigational features such as a clickable contents lists at the beginning of a long Web page.
  • Whether illustrations and tables always need captions, or under what circumstances captions are required. Whether captions should always be referenced in the text; if not, under what circumstances references are required.
  • When to use various types of highlighting (e.g., bold or italics type).
  • When to spell out numbers and when to use numerals; the use of commas, spaces, or other punctuation in numbers over 999.

Group 4

  • Word use (e.g., company-specific or product-specific terms; acronyms and abbreviations, preferred words, and words to be avoided).
  • Writing style and preferred wording for common phrases.
  • Acceptable jargon, and the spelling, capitalization, and hyphenation of names and terms.
  • Abbreviations used, including in measurements.
  • Special requirements for the audience (e.g., language or knowledge levels). For example: Whether the singular "they" is acceptable; any terms to be avoided, such as non-English abbreviations or words, or terms that your audience might find confusing or unacceptable.



  • The Canadian Style: A Guide to Writing and Editing: by Dundurn Press in co-operation with Public Works and the Government Services Canada Translation Bureau. ISBN 1550022768.
  • CP Stylebook: Guide to newspaper style in Canada maintained by the Canadian Press. ISBN 0920009387.
  • Lexicographical Centre for Canadian English A Dictionary of Canadianisms on historical principles: dictionary of Canadian English Walter Spencer Avis (ed.) Toronto: W.J. Gage (1967) OCLC 301088035





Creating a Design Style Guide for Montréalités


Web 2.0 Design Tutorial



Key elements of web design:

  • Simplicity
  • Central layout
  • Fewer columns
  • Separate top section
  • Solid areas of screen real-estate
  • Simple navigation
  • Bold logos
  • Bigger text
  • Bold text introductions
  • Strong colours
  • Rich surfaces
  • Gradients
  • Reflections
  • Cute icons
  • Star flashes

Additional source: examplestyleguide.pdf



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