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Feb
26
comment What is a good tool for organizing story notes?
Out of curiosity, why is changing font/color/etc important? Your goal seems to be organizational more than presentation. (But note that if you use a browser-based solution, you can address shortcomings in your wiki by using Stylish or something similar to impose your own CSS.)
Feb
26
comment How to write to accommodate subsequent automatic translation
All of that is true, but I get the impression that OP doesn't have control over the translation and is asking about "defensive writing". Having been there, I sympathize.
Feb
23
comment How to display URLs in a textbook?
Nice find. Thank you for this answer and for linking to the standard.
Feb
16
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
@babou I said that because I don't want us to be US-centric, actually. I know that in the US there's a place to register for a copyright, but that'll just apply to the US and (maybe?) other Berne Convention countries. If I were in the UK or India or New Zealand I'd have no idea what to do, but it wouldn't involve the US copyright office.
Feb
12
comment Using “he/she” instead of “it” for animals
I agree. The ambiguity of the situation (maybe a real bird, maybe not) calls for "it", as the latter would never be a "he". Even if you know it's a bird, "it" isn't wrong for a bird that you don't know anything about -- as opposed to, say, somebody's pet bird, Polly, whom you know to be a "she".
Feb
11
comment Capitalization of personal event names
On the other hand, if an event has central importance to a plot, even if it hasn't been given the name "officially" (whatever that means), it can sometimes be capitalized. For example, in the series of alternate-history books beginning with 1632, the unexplained event that caused the rip in the fabric of space-time is consistently referred to as the "Ring of Fire". In the case of an essay about a book called The Assault, I would look for capitalization patterns in that book and, if it's done there, do it in the essay.
Feb
7
comment Marking a chart that is not based on real data
@PraveshParekh it's worth checking for any guidelines the university has with respect to this. I'm pretty sure I've seen this in university tech reports and the like; I don't have any thesis-specific experience.
Feb
7
comment How to display URLs in a textbook?
Reviewing prior art can be helpful. It may not apply to your situation, but seeing how others have solved a problem might save you time and frustration.
Feb
6
comment How to display URLs in a textbook?
There might be style guides out there that address this. I assume those would count as "credible sources". (By the way, the bounty language is SE boilerplate; the bounty-giver didn't write those words.) The web has been broadly available for 20 years now; I would hope that there are industry standards (note plural :-) ) for how to deal with this problem.
Feb
6
comment How to reference a figure from text in a technical document
Are you following a particular style guide? If so, which one?
Feb
3
comment How to display URLs in a textbook?
Also, if you drop the "http://", then the first time you need to use "https://" you have a problem -- your URLs are either wrong or inconsistent in appearance. Don't confuse your readers like that.
Feb
3
comment How should I handle repeating parts in a technical description?
Can you say more about how the documentation will be used? You said a sales document but it sounds like you're writing instructions. Will your readers be trying to take actions based on the documentation, or is the purpose to give them information so they can decide whether to buy your product?
Feb
3
comment How should I handle repeating parts in a technical description?
This is how I would approach it as technical documentation, too. I'm not sure how the sales aspect figures in, though. We need to know more about how this will be used.
Jan
15
comment Is there a great manual for technical and scientific writing?
This seems quite broad to me. There isn't just one book that will tell you everything you need to know about scientific and academic writing, just like there isn't one that will tell you everything you need to know about writing fiction. I recommend asking more-specific questions (what do you want to know from that book you seek?), which we'll be better able to help you with.
Jan
15
comment Can Google Docs be used for technical product documentation?
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 yeah, it would be getting a little afield of the question -- hence my decision to comment, not suggest an edit. :-)
Jan
15
comment What non-WYSIWYG, non-proprietary alternatives to (La)TeX exist for the humanities, journalism, and other non-technical disciplines?
It was the back-and-forth about Microsoft and what is or isn't good/evil/proprietary/intelligent/capitalistic/etc. I kept the comments that contained helpful info (see the first two).
Jan
14
comment Can Google Docs be used for technical product documentation?
Seconded re using your version-control system. This also means that when you branch or tag the code for specific releases, patches, or other efforts, your docs will go alongside the code, helping to keep it clear to all what goes with what.
Jan
14
comment What non-WYSIWYG, non-proprietary alternatives to (La)TeX exist for the humanities, journalism, and other non-technical disciplines?
Comments removed: The purpose of comments is to seek clarification to improve the post. Extended discussions, arguments, and rants are not appropriate.
Jan
8
comment Using ACM style, how do I cite an article without a specific author's name?
As noted in the question, the problem is tha the article doesn't have an author. So what does ACM call for doing in that case? N/A? _____? Unknown? Something else?
Jan
8
comment Can i use the name of a real UK Prime Minister in a fictional Novel?
Seems like a duplicat of this: writers.stackexchange.com/q/9215/1993