RE: table of contents

Subject: RE: table of contents
From: Doug Grossman <Doug -dot- Grossman -at- sas -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 15:42:50 -0500

A standard that I've seen used in more than one organization is to only go three heading levels (the chapter or section title, plus two lower-level headings) down on the Table of Contents. I like the idea of tables and/or figures being listed in separate entitities (i.e., "List of Tables" and/or "List of Figures), and a general rule of thumb I use with those is that I only generate them if there are a dozen or more of those items.

These aren't exactly standards, per se, but they seem to work.......

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike [mailto:techmail_mike -at- yahoo -dot- com]
Sent: Friday, December 01, 2000 2:25 PM
Subject: table of contents

MoS claims that "Table of Contents" is a term that
should be avoided in documentation, which, I'll have
to admit, is the first time I've ever heard that.
I've always been of the assumption that "Table of
Contents" is standard terminology.

That aside, I'd like some input as to what you think
constitutes an effective TOC. I generally include
primary sections and chapters, as well as figures.
Question is, when do you recognize that your TOC
includes too many items?

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