Re: TOC article in INTERCOM -- things that made me go "HUH??"

Subject: Re: TOC article in INTERCOM -- things that made me go "HUH??"
From: "Jeff Hanvey" <jewahe -at- lycos -dot- co -dot- uk>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2002 13:26:53 -0500


I think the argument is as ridiculous as the space after a period.

If you're careful when defining the actual headings, then why change them
for the TOC? Just make them the same and save everyone even the slightest
grief.

If there is a "better" form, it should be used in all cases, not just in the
TOC or actual heading, and the argument, then, is a waste of time.

Jeff Hanvey
Augusta, GA
jewahe -at- lycos -dot- co -dot- uk
http://www.jewahe.net
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Posada" <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "'Jeff Hanvey'" <jewahe -at- lycos -dot- co -dot- uk>; "TECHWR-L"
<techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Friday, December 13, 2002 12:58 PM
Subject: RE: TOC article in INTERCOM -- things that made me go "HUH??"


> In this example...it was shortened. However, that isn't the criteria upon
> which the change should be made, just this example, even if it was a poor
> one. The criteria is that if it is better when different, then make it
> better...if it cannot be made better, then don't do it
>
> Would you rather have a hard and fast rule that says "NEVER MAKE THE TOC
> ENTRY DIFFERENT THAN THE HEADING" even if it would be better for the user?
> Sounds similar to "A PUNCTUATION MARK ALWAYS GOES INSIDE OF THE QUOTATION
> MARK", or how about this one..."ALWAYS PUT ONE SPACE AFTER A PERIOD"
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jeff Hanvey [mailto:jewahe -at- lycos -dot- co -dot- uk]
> Sent: Friday, December 13, 2002 12:48 PM
> To: John Posada; TECHWR-L
> Subject: Re: TOC article in INTERCOM -- things that made me go "HUH??"
>
>
> My feelings are if you're going to spend the time to "shorten" the TOC
> entry, seeing it as perhaps "better," then you should shorten the actual
> heading. Even changing from "Configuring the Email Server" to "Email
Server
> Configuration" can be confusing to the reader, so I *always* make the TOC
> entries match the actual headers
>
> Jeff Hanvey
> Augusta, GA
> jewahe -at- lycos -dot- co -dot- uk
> http://www.jewahe.net
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "John Posada" <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
> To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
> Sent: Friday, December 13, 2002 12:34 PM
> Subject: RE: TOC article in INTERCOM -- things that made me go "HUH??"
>
> > Sometimes, it's hard to see the point for the trees...huh?
> >
> > Let me try to address my feelings about this TOC issue.
> >
> > I don't think a TOC MUST be word for word since the content of the TOC
> > must stand alone and understanding the heading it reflects may be
> > helped by the content that immediately precedes and follows. If the
> > wording of the TOC can
> > be adjusted so that it gives a better understanding, then I don't have a
> > problem with it. At the same time, it must be close enought to the
> > information it reflects so that when someone goes to the page, they
don't
> > think they are in the wrong section
>
>



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