Re: Are chapter numbers necessary???

Subject: Re: Are chapter numbers necessary???
From: Stan Schwartz <stanz -at- cam -dot- org>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2002 16:22:19 -0500

What do you guys think? Does the chapter number serve a useful purpose?


Yes. As soon as you mention book, you go with the flow--follow the analogy, preserve the metaphor, etc.
Chapter numbers are part of the hierarchy of publication organization. There is a sequence and a hierarchy inherent in any publication and to refute that is to bring attention to the publication itself. You chance confusing the reader.

If a number of chapters are of equal value and can be read in any order, fine. Accept that the order they are in is okay too. A word or two to that effect is best placed in the foreword or the introduction and then it's covered. If that is unsettling, then perhaps there _is_ an order albeit slight, subtle and/or elusive - your guts will tell you which.

Still unhappy?

Consider separate volumes for each of the existing 'chapters' each having equal weight. Separate pamphlets can be mixed and/or matched, updated piecemeal and withdrawn or supplemented as necessary. These can be cost effective if formatted for standard publication sizes and printing processes.

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