RE: Using tables for content

Subject: RE: Using tables for content
From: Diana Corrigan <Diana -dot- Corrigan -at- visionsoftware -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 02:34:21 +0000

It's Friday. Have enjoyed this series of posts and was inspired to pull out my ancient copy of 'Developing Procedures, Policies and Documentation', a training workbook based on Robert Horn's Information Mapping methodology.

The way to go for a simple step action procedure, according to the trainer's interpretation of the methodology, was a two column table - step number in column one, and step action in column two.

I was a fan of IM but not this particular bit.

The training taught us to use tables to structure discrete but related chunks of information, and that principle I have always found useful. But to 'chunk' the step number out on its lonesome in a two column table.... to the fresh young tech writer I was then, it looked very bad - like the writer had developed a complex. Naturally I did want my writing to make me look like that!

My vote remains with the numbered list.



Cheers, Diana



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