RE: table of figures

Subject: RE: table of figures
From: "John Fleming" <johnf -at- ecn -dot- ab -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2001 16:33:40 -0700

Subject: table of figures
From: Mike <techmail_mike -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2001 08:41:33 -0800 (PST)
X-Message-Number: 32

> Just curious as to where you folks place the table of
> figures in your documents. I generally place mine on
> the page following the table of contents.

I've never needed to worry about that, however, your question
suggested a good learning opportunity.

So I pulled my copy of Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition, off the
shelf. A "customary and efficient sequence" they provide for the
front matter places the Table of Illustrations (i.e., plates, figures,
maps, etc.) right after the Table of Contents--which is where you've
placed yours.

> Also, do you have a rule as to how many figures your
> document has before you decide to make a separate
> table for figures?

The gist I get from Chicago is that the decision to include one is a
judgement call.

If your figures are closely tied to the text, you can dispense with a
table thereof, even if you have lots of them.

In other words, if a Table of Figures would help your audience find
the information they are looking for, include one. If not, don't


John Fleming
Technical Writer
Edmonton, Alberta
email: johnf -at- ecn -dot- ab -dot- ca

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