Re: Why a Table of Figures?

Subject: Re: Why a Table of Figures?
From: Howard <howardg -at- SAVVY -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 1995 11:38:16 -0400

Stuart Asks:
>>If I left out the Table of Figures, would the reader be worse off? Does
>>it matter what the figures are? all screen dumps? all diagrams? some of

When your screen-dumps are of specific interest to a reader, then, yes,
the reader will suffer if the ToF is absent. If the dumps show screens
offering the reader instruction or reference, the reader may want to see
that on paper (presuming the tube is unavailable or too ominous).
Basically, I figure (no pun intended) that if the reader thinks of a
process graphically, they may want to look up the graphic presentation
before looking at our perfectly grammatical, clear, and clever instructions.

-- Howard
Technical Writer
Computer columnist for _Ohio Valley Computing_
Co-Author of the IDG book _Internet Gizmos for Windows_
"I would say it was hogwash
if I knew exactly what hogwash was."
- A.M. Rosenthal, NY Times, 1994

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