glossary tab summary

Subject: glossary tab summary
From: Joel Cambron <cambron -at- CIBADIAG -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Apr 1996 12:17:27 -0400

Last week I asked if members of the group used glossary tabs in manuals. Here is the summary of the responses:


Some of the specific comments follow:


We print our manuals to fit in 3 ring binders and we have tabs
for each chapter, appendix, glossary, and index. These parts
are usually more than 5 pages and it makes lookup very easy for
our customers (They told us so.) so count us as using tabs.

Our pubs don't have tabs, but if they did they'd definitely have a glossary tab. The glossary is an important piece in the reader education process. See a word/term you don't understand? A good glossary will hold a definition/explanation. Don't hide your glossary! Bring it out into the sunlight!

...if your doc. is heavy on coined terminology or tech. stuff that will send a reader scurrying to the glossary for a definition, then a tab is probably in order.


Yes, in every manual I've produced with a glossary that had tabs, I had one labeled specifically for the glossary.


It depends on how old the manual is. Some of them have the glossary in the back and have a tab. Others include the glossary as the last section in the front matter and don't have a tab.

Thanks to all who responded.

joel -dot- cambron -at- cibadiag -dot- com

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