RE: Never lead with a graphic

Subject: RE: Never lead with a graphic
From: "Marci Bethel, RMB Editorial Services" <mhbethel -at- rmbeditorial -dot- com>
To: "'Rebecca Hopkins'" <rebecca_hopkins -at- comcast -dot- net>, "'Tech Whirlers'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 13:25:13 -0700

Rebecca, I have to agree with your boss. Chicago (15th ed)
12.10 also recommends placing text before graphics:

12.10 Placement
In a printed work, an illustration should appear as soon as
possible after the first text reference to it.... It may
precede the reference only if it appears on the same page or
same two-page spread as the reference or if the text is too
short to permit placing all figures and tables after their
references. ...


Marci Bethel, Freelance Editor
RMB Editorial Services
mhbethel -at- rmbeditorial -dot- com

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Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 12:44 PM
To: Tech Whirlers
Subject: RE: Never lead with a graphic


Thanks for the advice - I'm just arming myself for the
inevitable conversation with the boss.

I talked to one of my younger co-workers, and he said that's
what he learned in school as well - never lead with a
graphic. He could not remember the rationale, however. Since
the boss is newer to the tech writing circus than I am, I'm
thinking she also "received" this wisdom that I missed out

We're going through one of those clean-out-the-fridge,
salute-it-or-paint-it re-orgs of the company's various doc
sets, and standards for standardization's sake are being
carved in stone as we speak. Two people who remember it from
class outnumber one person's personal opinion. I will have
to find references to back up my argument.


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