WWWeb Hypertext Style
by Jerry Tutsch, Copyright © 1996
The Chicago Manual Of StyleIn the contemporary parlance, "The Chicago Manual of Style," might better be called "User Interface Guidelines for Book Authors." In 1891 it consisted of a single sheet of typographic style fundamentals drawn up by the first proofreader at the University of Chicago Press. Now in its fourteenth edition, it has grown to 921 very detailed pages.
Though the manual discusses the relationships between the author, editor, publisher and typesetters of books, and the general mechanics of producing books, its primary purpose is to explain how to make books easier to read. The manual itself is an excellent example of good book design.
Anyone interested in creating usable WWWeb documents more than a single page deep would be well advised to read the book. It contains material pertinent to the writing of computer based documents but more importantly it hints at what might be required in terms of a comparable "Hypertext Style" document. Due to the newness of the WWWeb, most of the current HTML and WWWeb style guides are about as useful to hypertext authors as the 1891 version of "The Chicago Manual of Style" was to book authors.
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