Re: Pagination issues - pros & cons

Subject: Re: Pagination issues - pros & cons
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 06:52:48 -0400

Broberg, Mats wrote:

Dear listmembers,

I would be interested to hear what pagination regimes you use and why -
e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on through the whole manual, or 1-1, 1-2 etc for
the pages in Chapter One, 2-1, 2-2, 2-3 etc for the pages in Chapter Two

I use the former for our manuals, but sometimes I come across manuals
where the latter regime is used. Pros & cons of the different regimes?

Okay, boys and girls. All together now. On three. One. Two. Three.

<choral shout>IT DEPENDS.</choral shout>

Mats, is your manual issued in a looseleaf binder? Do you send out individual chapters as they are updated? Is your product in early releases, with the design still subject to constant churning and revision? If so, use chapter-page numbering. Are you providing documentation to a stable user base that is accustomed to this convention in their industry? If so, use chapter-page numbering. Are you working in MS Word with a huge document that has to be managed in separate chapter files in order to remain stable? If so, use chapter-page numbering.

Otherwise, I'd say use lowercase roman for your frontmatter and start chapter 1 on page 1.


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