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Mike Stockman <mstockman -at- mac -dot- com> wrote:
>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 depends on the context, Mike. In some kinds of work, your way makes sense. In other kinds of work, it doesn't.
>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.
As discussed yesterday, this should be handled automatically in a well designed single-sourcing system.
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