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Becca: Commercial and government project documents, white papers, internal
policies, etc. almost always say "cover" page whether printed or electronic
as it has the same information a book cover would display. Arabic numbered
pages start with content, which may be a dozen physical pages into the work.
The cover is never numbered and front matter is numbered i, ii, iii, etc.
I believe MLA and APA require numbering the cover or title page in a typical
college paper. In your case, this could stem from an original effort to
'make it easier' for students and teachers when requiring submission of a
specific or minimum page count or may be just following one of the
above-mentioned styles. Whatever the reason, that instructor is your
customer and so, is always right. Do whatever you have to do to satisfy your
I only mention print as an example that takes the premise to an extreme.
Even now, electronic "books" are patterned after "real" books, to a
greater or lesser degree. I guess I was just curious how far the
proposed format could be stretched. And extremes can be a good way to
highlight flawed logic.
BTW, is the term "cover" a misnomer, when referring to an electronic
document? I still call it a "title page", but is "cover" correct?
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