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Why use this style manual?
This Iowa DOT Style Manual is not intended to repeat what is published in The Associated Press Stylebook, but rather to complement it with the Iowa DOT-specific styles and usage. The overriding principle is that style and formatting be used consistently within an article, publication or Web page.
While each division and office within the Iowa DOT is distinctive, each is also part of the whole department. Many readers who start with one publication from the Iowa DOT also receive, or seek out, other publications from the department.
If each division or office produces a publication with its own look and stylistic conventions — with no similarities to other department publications — then it becomes difficult for readers to associate the program with the Iowa DOT. That association is important because the Iowa DOT benefits from the success of each of its parts. When any one program makes a positive impression on the public, the Iowa DOT’s reputation is strengthened. As the department’s reputation gets stronger, every program benefits in turn.
Dictionary - Merriam-Webster Online
Iowa DOT's glossary of terms (Iowa DOT website)
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The Associated Press Stylebook
The Gregg Reference Manual
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