Re: Chapter numbers: Have you dispensed with them?

Subject: Re: Chapter numbers: Have you dispensed with them?
From: Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2011 17:03:45 -0500

Left to my own devices (as I often am as a contract lone writer), I never use chapter numbers unless they're required by a corporate style guide. From my perspective, they're a remnant of the old "number everything" days. I don't see any need for them.

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On 3/24/2011 3:01 PM, Nancy Allison wrote:

I am currently looking at a 92-page PDF of a user guide.

It has no chapter numbers, but the larger, bolder fonts in the TOC indicate that there are 12 divisions that would correspond to chapters if chapters were identified as such. The organization of the content is perfectly ordinary: Intro, Overview, Installation, This Mode, That Mode, The Other Mode, Troubleshooting, and Specifications. There just aren't any numbers or appendix letters associated with the headers.

If you have dropped chapter numbers for a traditionally organized user guide, what is your reason for doing so?

Curiously yours,

Nancy


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