Freelance and non-freelance editors alike seem to be doing the style dance more often these days: switching between styles as they switch between projects or as they pass from one phase of a project to another. As content written for one medium and audience is repurposed for others, styles sometimes get reworked too. Or should. Which is why “style-comparing cheat sheet” is one type of resource that I love to come across.
Last year, I called your attention to the AP vs. Chicago blog, noting that it was better than my system of scattered sticky notes. This year’s winner of “better than my sticky notes” status is a helpful table on the Yahoo Style Guide site: “Differences Between ‘The Yahoo! Style Guide’ and ‘The Associated Press Stylebook’.” If you write for the Web, chances are you’re using one or both of these styles regularly. I recommend bookmarking this table, or as I have a tendency to do in preparation for those days when Internet connectivity is difficult to wrangle, printing it as a pdf and saving it in a folder called Quick Styles References.