Overuse of gerunds in headings

Subject: Overuse of gerunds in headings
From: "William Turner" <wturner -at- force10networks -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2006 15:33:02 -0700


I have worked in several Pubs departments where the standard heading
style was defined as requiring gerunds. That works fine for me when the
subject is Installing, Configuring, Restoring...stuff like that.

However, for an introductory chapter or section, am I breaking a
well-established standard by calling it, for example, "Introduction
to..." or "Overview of..."? I usually see, in similar situations, that
the author uses "Understanding ..." in order to conform to gerund
orthodoxy. For some unknown reason, that "Understanding ..." bugs me.

-- Will

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