A is a record of the styling and formatting expectations for your text, such as spelling choices, selection and placement of learning objects, and differences in punctuation, layout. Frequently used style elements can also be noted on the style sheet for easy reference, especially during the copy editing and proofreading stages. Style sheets are useful when collaborating with others on a textbook, or when solo to maintain consistency. During the editing phase, a style sheet can be given to an editor who can use it as a guide for what to look for.
A is a set of prescribed standards for the writing, formatting and design of documents. The standards can be applied either for general use, or be required usage for an individual publication, a particular organization, or a specific field. For example, APA, MLA, and Chicago are all style guides used within specific disciplines.
Selecting a Style Guide
Because style guides offer standards for formatting and designing documents, it is helpful to consider which style guide you will use before filling out your style sheet. Style guides are usually discipline-specific. Commonly used style guides include,
- APA Style. APA (American Psychological Association) style is typically used to cite and style works in the social sciences and education.
- Chicago Manual of Style. Chicago style is most often used to cite and style works in the humanities. This style was developed by the Chicago University Press in 1906.
- MLA Style. MLA (Modern Language Association of America) style is most frequently used to cite and style works in the literary and humanities fields.
- Canadian Press Stylebook. The Canadian Press style is the standard for style guide for those working in the media and communications.
Many of the sections in the style sheet are influenced by the style guide that you chose like citations, references, and front and back matter. Style guides can also prescribe a specific date system, figure numbering, and sometimes spelling. Any deviations from the style guide should be noted on the style sheet.
Filling Out the Style Sheet
In addition to the prescribed standards set by your style guide, it’s important to understand some of the other decisions you need to make when designing your text.
A style sheet can get very complicated very quickly, so this section will offer some clarifications of the various sections within the style sheet. They are presented in the same order that they appear in the style sheet template found below.
Here is a Pressbooks Style Sheet Template [Word file] that you can use to create your own Style Sheet, as well as an example of what a filled-out style sheet [Word file] looks like. Keep in mind what export formats you will be using as they may alter or restrict your design options.
This style sheet was adapted from the BCcampus Open Education Self-Publishing Guide Appendix 2: Style Guide.
A record of the styling and formatting expectations for your textbook, such as spelling choices, selection and placement of learning objects, and differences in punctuation, layout
A set of prescribed standards for the writing, formatting and design of documents