Looking for definitive answer re: Are photographs technically considred "Figures"

Subject: Looking for definitive answer re: Are photographs technically considred "Figures"
From: sclarke -at- nucleus -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2002 19:22:37


Just wondering if anyone can tell me whether calling a photograph in a
document a "figure" is technically correct? In the SOP's I am working on we
are including some digital photographs. I had labeled them Picture 1, 2
etc. Someone else suggested that they are and should be labeled as Figure
1, 2, 3 etc.

I checked Chicago Manual of Style and Ruebens Scientific Style Guide and
don't seem to be any closer to a definitive answer. Chicago talks about
plates and sometimes calls photographs in a book "illustrations". Ruebens
wasn't particularly helpful on the subject.

Have also done a quick search in Tech-Whrl archives.

Any thoughts? Can anyone point me to a definitive answer/resource? Please?

Please respond privately. I'll summarize the posts to the list.



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