Re: Tables of Figures and Tables -- useful?

Subject: Re: Tables of Figures and Tables -- useful?
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:56:22 -0400

Those things used to be part of printed docs. Viewing docs on a screen they are indeed clutter, especially if you can't click from the TOC directly into the paragraph you need. You can almost always search for what you need. An introductory paragraph often serves a better purpose than a TOC. Table of figures are IMHO useless.

On Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:36:16 -0400, Rick Stone <rstone75 -at- kc -dot- rr -dot- com> wrote:

Speaking as a documentation consumer, other than being able to ask a support person about item 2 in table 23-1, I've always wondered about what helpful purpose is served to the reader by having and numbering these.

On 8/29/2013 3:24 PM, Matt Gras wrote:
I'm helping a smallish engineering company upgrade its documentation. It's been a battle persuading them to include a TOC in their reference guides -- and now they're balking at including tables of figures and tables. I'm wondering if they might be right -- that these lists add more clutter than useful info.

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