Here is an interesting infographic posted by behiring.com on why resumes get rejected.
You can see the original post at http://behiring.com/blogs/7
Given that English is not the first (native) language for most of the countries in the European Union (EU), one can only imagine the myriad “varieties” of English used by EU officials.
The EU has a document that lists English words that are often misused in EU publications. This document is helpful because it also gives the actual meaning of a listed word and how it should be used.
Here is a link to the document: http://ec.europa.eu/translation/english/guidelines/documents/misused_english_terminology_eu_publications_en.pdf
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In an earlier post, Characteristics of Effective Technical Content, we listed predictability as being one of the characteristics of effective technical content.
Consistency is the key to predictability.
In today’s globalised world, organizations could have multiple technical writers working different pieces of documentation. However, at the end of the day, the documentation must have a consistent style and seem like it has been written by the same person. This requires all technical writers to follow a common writing style.
In addition, organisations use a variety of channels and media of communicate with the end users. Each medium or channel has its own list of dos and don’ts. As a technical writer—especially if on who is new to the team—it can be difficult to remember what to do and what not to do.
Take a look at Microsoft’s Wiki: User Experience Guidelines
When a style guide is available, it becomes a ready reference for the technical writers and helps them help themselves.
Apart from helping maintain consistency, a well-written style guide can help in reducing:
So be consistent; use a style guide!