Should My Training Team Use a Style Guide?

Yes.

Until next time,

Kevin

Okay, perhaps a bit more explanation. A style guide is just one form of documentation that I talked about last month. And I’ve mentioned style guides here and there in the past.

I’m a big believer in style guides. This admiration isn’t universal. Several people I’ve met think they’re too restrictive. Shouldn’t the designer have the ability to use whichever font, whichever color, whichever layout, they deem most appropriate? On the other side, I’ve talked with people who are frustrated that style guides change. What’s the point of mastering the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style if you know that there’s going to be an 18th edition?

Both views have significant points. Yet, given the chance, a training team should still, to the extent possible, work within the confines of a style guide.

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