RE: Do Users Refer to a Table of Figures?

Subject: RE: Do Users Refer to a Table of Figures?
From: "Harry Bacheler" <hbacheler -at- geo -dot- census -dot- gov>
To: "Giordano, Connie" <Connie -dot- Giordano -at- FMR -dot- COM>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2000 08:39:47 -0500


My take is that there are some who WILL always look for the list of table
and figures. I know I still do.

I wrote a document for National Cash Register (NCR) that was heavy in tables
and figures. This document was used by the 1-800-xxx-xxxx response center,
development group, and field service technicians. In the process of
developing this document they insisted on having the list of tables and
figures so that they could quickly find the information presented in the

Harry M. Bacheler, Jr.
VGS, Inc.

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: bounce-techwr-l-20951 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
> [mailto:bounce-techwr-l-20951 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com]On Behalf Of Giordano,
> Connie
> Sent: Tuesday, 07 March, 2000 04:03 PM
> Subject: Do Users Refer to a Table of Figures?
> Folks:
> I'm in the process of updating our style guidelines, primarily trying to
> simplify them. We have several styles for creating a Table of
> Figures, and
> I'm not sure whether they're even necessary.
> Is there any evidence that suggests users refer to a table of figures? My
> experience suggests that a good index and table of contents are far more
> useful, and that for most users, a table of figures is just a
> waste of trees
> and bytes.
> Connie Giordano
> Desktop Products Documentation
> Advisor Technology Services
> 704-330-2069
> e-mail: Connie -dot- Giordano -at- fmr -dot- com

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