Hyperlinks to Figure Captions... what do other people do?

Subject: Hyperlinks to Figure Captions... what do other people do?
From: "Stansbury, Stan" <SBS -at- dolby -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2007 12:53:06 -0700

So here is the situation. Our figure captions are underneath the
illustrations they refer to, and we generate hyperlinks for them in
Acrobat and WebWorks using tags automated cross references in the Frame
Maker source. When you click a hyperlinked figure reference, "See figure
4-1", for example, in an HTML page the system therefore displays the
page with the figure title at the top forcing you to scroll up if you
want to see the illustration.

This is proper behavior but it also dumb-looking.

Known solutions all have problems:

1. Conditionalize the cross references for print and hand-insert
hypertext tags for online. (I'm lazy and not everyone in this department
is capable of doing this.)

2. Move the captions above. (This looks odd to me, and in any case it's
not how we do things here, which matters.)

3. Accept it, and get over myself. (I want things to be "perfect", but
this is the current favorite alternative of everyone but me.)

I am writing really to see if most people choose door #3, and also if
there are solutions out there that do not involve me or someone very
like me hand-inserting hypertext tags for thousands of illustrations in
more than a hundred manuals.

TIA for your advice.

Stan Stansbury
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