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Why AI writing assistants are the next generation of style guides

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These were literally a digital version of the book with a search box and hyperlinks between entries. To find what I was looking for, it helped to have a general idea of what was in there. Every team had someone who memorized the entry titles and numbers as a service to the rest of us. Also to show off.

My interest grew in the experience of using style guides, how search worked, the classification and tagging of guidelines. We needed to think of the guidelines themselves as content and as part of our scope.

Copy-paste all over the place

Next came web sites known as “auto checkers.” They offered a growing variety of features like keyword extraction for tagging. Though, a whole website was dedicated to one feature alone. I had to leave Google Docs and bounce between a bunch of browser tabs to catch everything.