Re: Numbering of Figures

Subject: Re: Numbering of Figures
From: Mike Stockman <mstockman -at- mac -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2002 14:14:20 -0400

On 07/22/2002 12:02 PM, SIANNON -at- VISUS -dot- JNJ -dot- com (SIANNON -at- VISUS -dot- JNJ -dot- com)

>This brings to mind a question I've been curious about: preferred numbering
>methods for figures (and tables, too, I suppose) within a document (the one
>I'm thinking about specifically is a design document).

Why do people number figures and tables at all? As a user, I've never
needed to use a list of figures or list of tables, and in the text,
writing "The following window appears" or "This diagram indicates..." or
"The following table shows the possible values for..." usually suffices.
If the sole purpose of numbering figures/tables/etc. is to refer to them
in text, a title, page number, or (in hypertext) direct link will work
just as well, I think.

It also makes the conversion to hypertext media easier, since any
sequential numbering system will likely be meaningless when the user may
jump to a section randomly.

Any opinions on the usefulness of figure/table/diagram/etc. (that's
awkward... how about the acronym FTDE?) numbering?


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