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So, I take it you're also not using facing page formats? Because there
is a very old rule, which I barely remember, that the first text page is
page 3. However, I can't off-hand remember the reference. If I look at
newer books, the first page is a 1. If I look at older books, the first
page is a 3. I've never heard of starting on page 2, but I know that a
few years ago, people started putting chapter names (title pages) on the
right-hand pages and starting the content on the next left-hand page, so
maybe that has something to do with it.
Oh, here it is. The Chicago Manual of Style says the first text page is
page 3. However, my Chicago is old. Anyone have a new one? I just tried
to use my organization's online version, but our subscription is
I'm assuming that the page 2 "rule" is some version of the same thing
using nonfacing pages. However, I taught report writing on the college
level for years, and I never heard of this "rule," so I don't think
anyone can say that's the way it's always been.
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Subject: Re: starting on page 2?
And *if *APA style, please understand that much of the real world
adhere to it.
Four years ago a freshly-minted PhD was assigned to oversee our
(software) technical writing department and had never heard of any style
other than APA. He had certainly never heard of the *Chicago Manual of
*, nor style guides published by Sun Microsystems, Apple Computer and
Microsoft regarding sw documentation. It took weeks to convince him that
knew not of what he spoke.
On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 11:25 AM, Kaye Adkins <kadkinsphd -at- gmail -dot- com>
> Teacher speaking here--ask for clarification.
> I'm guessing that what's going on here is something like APA style. In
> page 1 is a title page that includes title, author, organization, etc.
> number may or may not appear on this. (Personally, I don't make my
> fight with Word, and I let them show the running header with the page
> number.) The text of the paper/report/project begins on page 2.
> Kaye Adkins
> On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM, Becca <becca_price -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> > In two classes that I'm taking, we've been given specific formats
> > projects... and they always start on page 2, with the cover page
> > considered as page one. I've asked both teachers about this, and
> > feel that this is the way it's always been done.
> > Since when has a cover page been considered page 1? I've noticed in
> > that it takes a ton of finessing to get the first real page to be
> > as page 1, that it's automatically determined that the cover page is
> > When did this change take place? and why? And why does Word enforce
> > -becca
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