General formatting question for a TOC

Subject: General formatting question for a TOC
From: "Tammy Van Boening" <Tammy -dot- VanBoening -at- healthlanguage -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 14:40:41 -0700

From: Tammy Van Boening
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 2:40 PM
To: TechComm Discuss (techcomm-discuss -at- stcrmc -dot- org)
Subject: General formatting question for a TOC


Have a general formatting question - it's definitely a matter of
personal preference versus any hard and fast rule I would think, but
then again. . . .when I create any TOC (Word or Framemaker), I have
always been rigorously edited to include at least the first two heading
levels of your heading styles, and sometimes the first three. I have
HeadingLevel1/Heading 1 aligned to the left and subsequent heading
levels indented accordingly - Heading2 Levels slightly indented beneath
Heading1 Levels, and Heading3 Levels slightly indented beneath Heading 2
levels. I don't go for a bunch of different fonts, bolding, etc. The
fonts are all the same for the TOC entries, just different in
indentation and font size.

However, an edit that I received recently indicated that the editor's
(i.e., developer's) preference was to put in only Heading 1 levels - it
looked different/funky to him to have more than one level in the TOC.

I truly don't have heartburn about this either way - there's much bigger
fish to fry, but I just wanted some feedback from the writing community
to get a general feel about what's the "norm" and what's not - so I can
support the decision either way (because another developer wants all of
the heading levels in - of course~)



Tammy Van Boening
Senior Technical Writer
Health Language, Inc.
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