RE: naming conventions for images

Subject: RE: naming conventions for images
From: Jeff Hanvey <jewahe -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Melissa Kucbel-Saumier <melissaks -at- eicon -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 13:43:55 -0700 (PDT)

--- Melissa Kucbel-Saumier <melissaks -at- eicon -dot- com>

> I sorta have to disagree with part of Jeff's post...

Well, if you have to...but I don't have to like it ;}

> > The conventional way to name figures (and tables)
> is
> > numerically by chapter.
> >
> > Table 1-1 is the first table in chapter 1.
> > Figure 99-44 is the 44th figure in chapter 99.

> Seems to involve quite a bit of work. If I am
> looking for the name of
> a capture on the 100th page of my chapter, this
> means that I have to
> count all previous captures to get the information?

Well, uh, no...If you've been naming them this way all
along, why count. Your image directory will have the
images in order (or you can put them in order) so that
you'll be able to see them easily.

This particular convention, by the way, is based on
the convention for presenting images in textbooks, et

I didn't say I liked it...To me, this way of naming
things is as descriptive as "Image1.gif"

This is what I usually do. If I
> have a capture of
> the Properties tab in the Services dialog bog, I
> would call it
> something like SrvProp.gif. Another capture on the
> Connection tab of
> the same dialog box would be SrvConn.gif. It is not
> always that
> intuitive, but it is easier to work with than
> Image1.gif!

I think that this is a good way of doing it. I would
add the caution, however, to check with your printer
to see how they prefer the images be named (they may
think it's easier to keep up with the images in
numerical format).

> > Another possible naming convention is to use the
> page
> > number the image appears on (if it's known).
> OK if you have page numbers, but what happens if
> your page number
> 45 in FrameMaker becomes part of Services.html after
> a conversion
> into Web-based help? Because the original poster was
> mentioning
> ..gifs, I don't think using the page number is an
> option...

Agreed. I violated my own rule above, didn't I.
Computers and the Internet has changed a lot of
things, haven't they?

I guess the bottom line is to take into consideration
all aspects of the situation. You might ask yourself:

-Will the document be printed? What are the printer's
-Will it go online? What is the server's platform?
-Will others be editing it? If so, can they figure out
the system?
-Are the documents modular? Static? How often do they
undergo a major revision?
-Will anyone else handle the images?
-Does it really matter in the grand scheme of things?

Jeff Hanvey
Memphis, TN

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