Re: Pros or Cons of Section Numbering

Subject: Re: Pros or Cons of Section Numbering
From: "Parks, Beverly L." <parksb -at- HUACHUCA-EMH7 -dot- ARMY -dot- MIL>
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 1996 07:55:00 MST

Susan W. Gallagher wrote:
And the answer is...
It depends on the users!
But, you knew that, didn't you??? ;-)

In general, the more technical the audience, and the more technical
and cross-referenced the manual, the more "user-friendly" section
numbers become.

You hit on two reasons there: audience and material. I think the material
is the deciding factor, more so than the audience in this case.

If you use lots of subheadings and the text under those subheadings is
short (less than a full page), then it is simple just to refer to the
heading and page number; i.e., see Installing the Widget on page 2.

OTOH, if you have multiple pages of text underneath a single heading,
then paragraph numbering may be necessary. Having only numbered headings
won't be any more help than unnumbered headings in this case.

Bev Parks
parksb -at- huachuca-emh7 -dot- army -dot- mil

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