AP steps into digital age with Stylebook tool

The Associated Press last week unveiled software that will make it a little easier for journalists and editors to follow AP Style.

AP StyleGuard proofreads content using the AP Stylebook’s guidelines spelling, punctuation, language, usage and style, Mashable reported. Just as Microsoft Word checks spelling and grammar, the new software saves time so users don’t have to refer to the print copy, and also “offers recommendations on items you might not have realized are covered by AP style,” the AP stated.

The StyleGuard is currently only operates on Windows XP and higher, and on Microsoft Office 2007 and higher. Unfortunately, it is only available for non-Mac computers, and many newsrooms use Macs. However, @APStylebook hinted in a tweet that it might release a version for Macs, Mashable noted.

The tool is available in beta for online Stylebook subscribers Dec. 16; print subscribers will be able to access it Jan. 16.

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