RE: Chapter Numbers

Subject: RE: Chapter Numbers
From: Jean Hollis Weber <jean -at- jeanweber -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 08 Mar 2002 17:17:44 -0800

If it's going to be printed or distributed as PDF (a sequential file), I think chapter numbers are a good idea, because people are used to them and expect them.

If the doco is *only* going to be in a help-file or webpage type of format, then I don't think chapter numbers are necessary -- in fact the concept of a "chapter" is often (usually?) irrelevant in those situations.

I don't have any authoritative source or studies to back me up, however.

Regards, Jean
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At 02:40 PM 3/8/2002 -0600, Colonna, Heidi wrote:

I was
wondering if anyone knows if there's a preference, chapter numbers or no
chapter numbers. I've always documented my books with chapter numbers, but
I'm wondering if that is really all that necessary anymore.
<from Heidi's previous message...>
A few other writers I've
talked with say they have eliminated chapter numbers entirely ...
Does anyone know if there's any studies or proof that it
is good/bad to have or not to have chapter numbers?


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