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Re: HOWTOs in DocBook SGML?

On Tue, 20 Jun 2000, Gary Lawrence Murphy wrote:
> >>>>> "M" == Martin WHEELER <mwheeler@startext.co.uk> writes:
>     M> In general, studying a few HOWTOs should give you a fair idea
>     M> of what's required:
> An excellent outline --- can we put this into the HOWTO-HOWTO?
>     M> As for writing style -- whatever turns you on.  Gertrude Stein?
>     M> Terry Pratchett?  James Joyce? (Err ... maybe not, for
>     M> newbies).  Larry Wall?
> Oh do tell, do tell all, do tell all about, do tell all about it!
> In a brazen bit of brickbat book shelfishness, what's good enough for
> this ghost is goose for the gander: I recommend a recommended reading
> for the HOWTO-HOWTO, one little pocketfitting dogearable cheapeasy
> (smallanduseful) goodguide (sic) whiff of a book (tip), the "Elements
> of Style" by Strunk and White.

If we're going to recommend sources on writing style, let me recommend my
personal favorite: _Politics and the English Language_ by George Orwell. It's
available online at http://www.resort.com/~prime8/Orwell/

David C. Merrill, Ph.D.

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