Re: Are chapter numbes a thing of the past?

Subject: Re: Are chapter numbes a thing of the past?
From: Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
To: 'techwr-l List' <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 07:10:38 -0500

As with many other questions, the answer begins with "It depends..."

If your corporate style guide calls for them and you don't control the corporate style guide then you're stuck with 'em.

However, if your corporate style guide is under review, the most important question then becomes "does this add value for the reader?"

The next question might be "if we decide to eliminate chapter numbering, how much is it going to cost us to update our legacy documents to remove them?"

Another question might be "are there regulatory issues that might mandate chapter numbering?"

All things considered, if I'm in control of the corporate style guide, I think they're no longer necessary but if I inherit a substantial number of documents where they're already in place, I'd have to evaluate how much grief it'd be to get rid of them (including pushback from stodgy types within the organization who can't imagine documents without chapter numbers).

Mike
--
Mike Starr WriteStarr Information Services
Technical Writer - Online Help Developer - Technical Illustrator
Graphic Designer - Desktop Publisher - MS Office Expert
(262) 694-1028 - mike -at- writestarr -dot- com - http://www.writestarr.com

Saunders, Ian wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Do the chapters/appendices in User Guides, etc. have to have numbers and letters? I was taught that they do, but understand that there a trend to move away from them. Is this true?
>
> Regards
>
> Ian Saunders
> Documentation Manager (UK)
> Syntellect Limited
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

ComponentOne Doc-To-Help 2009 is your all-in-one authoring and publishing
solution. Author in Doc-To-Help's XML-based editor, Microsoft Word or
HTML and publish to the Web, Help systems or printed manuals.
http://www.doctohelp.com

Help & Manual 5: The complete help authoring tool for individual
authors and teams. Professional power, intuitive interface. Write
once, publish to 8 formats. Multi-user authoring and version control! http://www.helpandmanual.com/

---
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 http://lists.techwr-l.com/mailman/options/techwr-l/archive%40web.techwr-l.com


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
http://www.techwr-l.com/ for more resources and info.

Please move off-topic discussions to the Chat list, at:
http://lists.techwr-l.com/mailman/listinfo/techwr-l-chat


References:
Are chapter numbes a thing of the past?: From: Saunders, Ian

Previous by Author: Re: Which style to use in this case
Next by Author: Re: How do they record the actors for voice response systems
Previous by Thread: Are chapter numbes a thing of the past?
Next by Thread: Re: Are chapter numbes a thing of the past?


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

Sponsored Ads


Sponsored Ads