Re: Chapter-page numbering, reasons for

Subject: Re: Chapter-page numbering, reasons for
From: beelia <beelia -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Al Geist <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2009 19:52:15 -0800

Fascinating discussion, especially the historical perspectives on printing
technology. I remember cold type too - the smell of the ink, and the sound
of the press. My uncle was a printer, and this thread brought back some fond
memories.

I'm in the "it depends" camp on chapter page numbering. I think Madelyn's
"green" argument is most compelling, but others made great cases for keeping
it simple.

This discussion also made me wonder if one of my page-numbering pet peeves
is shared by anyone else. Are roman numerals for front matter a thing of the
past? My company's template goes from Title page to 2.
That seems stylistically abhorrent, but maybe it's something I should just
get used to. Any takers for extending this interminable conversation?

Al, you have us all beat with your story about "Mushing". I hope your unique
piece of Americana ended up in a museum somewhere.

Bee



On Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 6:17 PM, Al Geist <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>wrote:

> Madelyn Boudreaux wrote:
>
> "I concede that if it's just down to "easier for writer" vs "easier for
> user," we should err toward the user. But when trees get tossed into the
> mix, I will typically err toward the environment, within reason."
>
>
> Unfortunately, our customers want their manuals printed on "clean room
> paper;" although, most will probably end up on a shelf somewhere and never
> be opened because a phone call to Customer Service is easier.
>
>
> "I also have to refer to the existing manuals a good bit, and yes, it can
> be a pain to find the right page. 7-14 may be 75 pages in, or it may be
> 150 pages in, and you just don't know."
>
> I've never had that problem. I scan the bottom of the pages as I proceed to
> the page I want. To me it's easier finding page 7-25 than it is page 175,
> so
> I guess the use of chapter number-page number is relative. In Acrobat, I
> use
> the TOC to get me in the ball park.
>
> "Still, that's maybe 6 seconds vs 3 seconds (I just timed myself, picking
> random numbers -- 3-17 in a printed manual and 42 in the MSMoS), so it's
> not a huge hit on my productivity."
>
>
> I think you hit the nail on the head here...we aren't talking hours. We are
> talking seconds, which is the overall scheme of things doesn't matter. As
> for your use of plastic tabs...plastic tabs are more environmentally
> destructive than not tabs. However, I personally don't use them because
> they
> also add to the manual's cost and in these financial times, cost savings is
> paramount. (Then again, how much does it cost in labor to take 6 seconds to
> locate information that could take 3 seconds?)
>
>
> Al Geist
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Follow-Ups:

References:
Chapter-page numbering, reasons for: From: Nancy Allison
Re: Chapter-page numbering, reasons for: From: Margaret Hassall
RE: Chapter-page numbering, reasons for: From: Boudreaux, Madelyn (GE Healthcare, consultant)
RE: Chapter-page numbering, reasons for: From: Al Geist

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