Ask Different Style Guide
I've been going through the Suggested Edits review queue and of late, there's been some wild "swings" in terms of the formatting (i.e. code, menu, keyboard, etc.), technical terminology, capitalization, etc. leading to very inconstant usage of formatting conventions.
I was thinking that we could come up with an "Ask Different Style Guide" of which we could refer to for consistency in posts and in edits. It could be based off of Apple's own official style guide but be very much simplified as we don't need anything that formal or complex. The ultimate goal would to follow Apple's lead and strive toward some consistency in phraseology. Think of it as Ask Different's version of "Conventions Used in this Manual"
For example, we have
code formatting for, well identifying code or text commands. It's been used for everything from identifying keystrokes instead of using Key formatting, highlighting menu selections, notating operating system versions, identifying web site addresses to separating sections in an answer rather than using headers. Obviously, this can be confusing, but if I you have even the slightest bit of OCD, it can lead to a stroke.
My idea is to "level up" Ask Different and make us stand out. We have some fantastic minds on here and it would simply be awesome if Internet searches brought people to the official unofficial question/answer site for everything Apple.
I'm thinking that we could each contribute via an "answer" and format it with two sections:
- Proposed styling
As for compiling and creating the final guide, I'm more than happy to contribute (but I wouldn't be too bashful to turn down any assistance. I'd really like this to be a community effort. I'm open to any format or methodology. Comments, questions...let me know!