A style sheet is created by the copyeditor specifically for the manuscript and intended for several audiences: the author(s), project manager, designer/typesetter, proofreader, and indexer. An effective style sheet has sections addressing various aspects of the manuscript. For example:
- a list of the resources—style guide, dictionary, usage guide—that the copyeditor consulted
- treatment of categories of terms, such as numbers and titles
- a list of names and terms to ensure consistency in spelling, hyphenation, capitalization, and so forth
- codes used in the manuscript to mark special text elements, like indented quotations, bulleted lists, and subheads
See the gallery below for more information on style sheets and some examples.