Re: How many levels of indents and heads are reasonable?

Subject: Re: How many levels of indents and heads are reasonable?
From: Eva Whitley <Eva -dot- Whitley -at- noaa -dot- gov>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2007 08:57:37 -0400

Van Laan, Krista wrote:
> Are there any guidelines anywhere for what is a reasonable number of
> headers and indents?
> We have a page layout that includes a couple of outdented headers. Body
> text is 3 levels of indentation, which causes the left alignment to be
> in any of 5 places. Some of the team have expressed a desire for another
> 2 or 3 levels of indents. I am not sure how and why these would be used,
> so I'd like to be open to this, but am interested in doing some research
> before I make a recommendation.
> I'm also wondering about current thinking on heading levels. Can it all
> be done with 4 levels, or do we need 6 or more?
> This layout will show up in online help and PDF documents. I'd
> appreciate input but also references if possible.

I just worked on a manual that had 6 levels of headings. We did three
levels of headings at a numbered level since the bulk of the document
needed just 3 levels (numbered 1, 1.1, 1.1.1, then 4 levels of outline
levels (1., a., 1) a), but fortunately we never got down to the 7th level.

Since a 7th level exists on our templates, it may be used on some
documents; fortunately, I haven't had to work on anything with that
level of detail. --Eva Whitley

Eva Whitley
Perot Systems®
Room 16129
301-713-1833 x191


Create HTML or Microsoft Word content and convert to Help file formats or
printed documentation. Features include support for Windows Vista & 2007
Microsoft Office, team authoring, plus more.

True single source, conditional content, PDF export, modular help.
Help & Manual is the most powerful authoring tool for technical
documentation. Boost your productivity!

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

How many levels of indents and heads are reasonable?: From: Van Laan, Krista

Previous by Author: Generating bad documentation -- funny
Next by Author: RE: Inflammable vs. flammable
Previous by Thread: Re: Documentation Correctness was Re: How many levels of indents andheads are reasonable?
Next by Thread: Re: How many levels of indents and heads are reasonable?

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads