Re: Are chapter numbes a thing of the past?

Subject: Re: Are chapter numbes a thing of the past?
From: John Posada <jposada99 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Char James-Tanny <charjtf -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 10:07:12 -0400

> I've always had the opposite reaction...it's much easier for me to
> find page 27 in a printed book (no matter how long it is) than it is
> for me to find page 5-3.


I'd hope that content is grouped logically by chapter. The reason for
finding a chapter is that it has the content-type most appropriate for
your question. The number is a way of labeling the chapter in a way
easy to follow the sequence.

You aren't going to chapter 5 because you want a 5. You are going to
the chapter because it contains the configuration information for the
XYZ-3 Conflagurator. The 5 just makes it easier to refer someone else
to the chapter.


> I worked on a 600-page printed manual for a client last year. One
> chapter (programmer's reference) was almost 300 pages long (chapter
> 11). I still don't know how anyone found anything easily.

It would have been worse if they also had to look in chapter 1-10

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References:
Are chapter numbes a thing of the past?: From: Saunders, Ian
Re: Are chapter numbes a thing of the past?: From: Jonathan West
Re: Are chapter numbes a thing of the past?: From: Char James-Tanny

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