RE: Creating Technical Documents in Word--line numbering

Subject: RE: Creating Technical Documents in Word--line numbering
From: "Annette Reilly" <annetterieee -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2018 17:56:35 -0500

Drafts of international standards are often line numbered, to track comments from dozens of reviewers to the exact point, rather than referring to "fifth paragraph, third sentence of subclause". However, once Track Changes is on in Word to revise in response to comments, and once the changes are accepted, the previous line numbering is no help anyway. A bookmark or a text string search is preferable and less cumbersome.

On 3/8/2018 12:18 PM, Robert Lauriston wrote:
> Why would anyone except a lawyer want line numbering?

This could be good when you are producing documents in a team or group setting.

It is easier to reference a page and line number than it is to refer to a heading and a specific phrase to direct a person to a specific passage that requires discussion. It could also be useful for determining if two copies of a document are the same version, since all line 12s on page 3 are the same for each printed copy of the same version of a document.

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