AP's new plug-in for MS Word - Styleguard
Tired of having to reach over to lift up that heavy AP stylebook? Enter "Styleguard," AP's new plug-in for MS Word that checks as you type.
From the news release:
AP StyleGuard, powered by Equiom Linquistic Labs, is a powerful yet easy solution that integrates with Microsoft Word and provides automatic checking of your documents for AP style. Using defined structure and rules similar to Word's spelling and grammar checking, AP StyleGuard helps ensure the consistency of your writing style. It saves the time of manually referring to the AP Stylebook and offers recommendations on items you might not have realized are covered by AP style.
No matter what type of writing you do, you can rest assured that AP StyleGuard helps you stay on top of all the current spelling, grammar, punctuation and usage guidelines from the journalist's bible.
Cost: $49.99 For now, it's available only if you have a subscription to the online stylebook and, in keeping with AP's traditional operating system myopia - it appears to be Windows only.
On the other hand, anything that might short-circuit much of Word's absurd grammar recommendations with some common sense might be useful.