Since its last print edition in 1997, the federal government’s style guide has found a comfortable enough home in the Language Portal of Canada, bunking in with Termium, Writing Tips, HyperGrammer and Peck’s English Pointers. But as a publication conceived before there was a Web, the helpful-if-dowdy Canadian Style lacks advice on working in this now-not-so-new medium.
Thankfully, the matchmakers at Treasury Board have found a younger, plain-spoken, suitable new partner. The new Canada.ca Web Content Style Guide was written to complement The Canadian Style, offering higher-level advice on using plain language in web content, striking a consistent tone, organizing content into a logical structure and making it findable by browsing and by search engines. Who says you can’t find companionship later in life?
For the time being, however, this new guide is only available to federal employees on GCDOCS.
Tom Vradenburg, an editor inside government for 18 years, will discuss the key parts of the new guide that will interest editors and writers, both inside and outside government.
When: Wednesday, January 21, 7:30 pm
Where: Capital Hill Hotel & Suites, 88 Albert Street
Free for members, $10 for non-members