[OS X TeX] Grammar checker [OT]

David Derbes loki at uchicago.edu
Tue Dec 2 18:47:42 CET 2008

I can tell you about the "Chicago Manual of Style". It's quite a story.

The University of Chicago used to have a woman, Kate Turabian IIRC,  
in charge of receiving Ph.D. dissertations. She was an unbelievable  
stickler for thesis style, to the point that grad students beginning  
on their thesis would be told to visit her office so that they could  
pick up from her a list of approved typists. Failure to follow the  
rules EXACTLY would result in the thesis being rejected, never mind  
its content. (She would measure the margins with a very fine ruler.  
If you were off by as much as a 32nd of an inch, you would have to  
have it retyped!) And God help you if you got the citation style wrong.

Anyway, at some point Dr. Turabian just wrote the book on style. And,  
presto, was born the Chicago Manual of Style.

Non-Americans may want to know about a famous "little book" by E. B.  
White and Robert Strunk called "A Manual of Style", often referred to  
as "Strunk and White". This is now very old fashioned but still worth  
a look.

David Derbes
U of Chicago Laboratory School

On Dec 2, 2008, at 11:24 AM, David B. Thompson, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE,  
CFM wrote:

> On Dec 2, 2008, at 08:11 , Luis Vitorio Cargnini wrote:
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>> where I found this "Chicago Manual of Style" and the "U.S.  
>> Government Style Guide for Authors"
>> There is something form Cambridge or Oxford ?
> I bought my copy of Chicago from half.com (http://www.half.com). I  
> don't care if it's a bit dated; the fundamentals remain the same.  
> Amazon will also have a multiple sources, I suspect.
> The U.S. Government Style Guide for Authors is something given to  
> me when I worked for the U.S. Geological Survey. I kept my copy  
> when I left (which was OK) so I could refer to it when I needed  
> something. I found this on the 'net: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ 
> stylemanual/browse.html. It's one of the tools I use. The Style  
> Guide for Authors is found at: http://www.nwrc.usgs.gov/lib/ 
> lib_sta.htm. Neither may be the definitive source, but both seem  
> workable enough.
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