RE: Using tables for content

Subject: RE: Using tables for content
From: Lynne Wright <Lynne -dot- Wright -at- tiburoninc -dot- com>
To: Sean <seanb_us -at- yahoo -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:08:52 +0000

Are you asking whether it's a good idea to format a procedure (ie. a series of numbered steps that you follow to perform a task) as a table?

If so, I can't think of any advantages.

Aside from the obvious disadvantage of having to manually number each step, putting instructions in a grid form creates a dense block of information, so its harder to visually track/keep your place within the block of information.



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Subject: Using tables for content

Hi all,

So, whilst I search the archives, can we have a live discussion on the pros and cons of using tables for tech writing content. Consider a traditional procedure that uses step: in the left column, the action, and in the right column, the result. It seems, for Word, each row needs to be numbered manually.

Conversely, there is standard ordered list approach without using a table.

Thoughts?

Sean


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