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I sometimes number them and sometimes not. Usually, the primary reasons I'll
number them are:
1) If I think I may be referring to a figure that appears someplace else in
2) If I think there is a chance that the figure won't appear on the same
page as the referring text.
3) If there is the possibility that more than one graphic will appear on the
4) If I'm adding a list of tables/figures along with as TOC.
Senior Technical Writer
john -at- tdandw -dot- com
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Stockman" <mstockman -at- mac -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Monday, July 22, 2002 11:14 AM
Subject: Re: Numbering of Figures
> 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
> >methods for figures (and tables, too, I suppose) within a document (the
> >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.
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