RE: Placement of tables/figures

Subject: RE: Placement of tables/figures
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -at- Quodata -dot- Com>
To: "'Carrie Miller'" <CMiller -at- mrisystem -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 16:54:22 -0500


I recommend pretty much always placing figures and tables adjacent to the
step or text to which they apply. Consider using table and figure numbers
and creating a list of tables and a list of figures to augment the table of
contents. This should help your readers find things. Also, consider
expanding your index. If your readers want to be able to search for specific
field information, make sure your index includes markers to that
information. Thus, the reader could scan the index for the field about which
they want information and go directly to the relevant page from the index.

Best regards,

sean -at- quodata -dot- com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Carrie Miller [SMTP:CMiller -at- mrisystem -dot- com]
> I work for a software company that provides a lot of figures and
> field/description tables in documentation in order to help users complete
> fields on views. Lately, the documentation department has debating where
> to
> place figures and tables. Some feel that when placed within a procedure,
> tables and graphics are too intrusive. Others feel they should be placed
> within the procedures, next to the step they pertain to. Also, many
> clients
> have complained that they cannot find information about certain fields
> when
> they are buried in a setup procedure, for example.

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