Re: Chapter Numbering

Subject: Re: Chapter Numbering
From: Martha J Davidson <editrix -at- SLIP -dot- NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 1997 12:21:03 -0700

At 01:18 PM 10/14/97 -0500, Miark wrote:
>I'm debating whether to begin numbering chapters at the intro,
>or the subsequent chapter. I've got a pile of guides here from other
>companies, and almost all of them begin after the intro section. I
>did that for my last guide, but I wonder whether that invites readers
>to completely skip the intro.
I think it depends on what information you have in your intro. I prefer to
put generic material like doc conventions, doc set overview, and intended
audience for the manual in a Preface before the TOC. I put the Introduction
as Chapter 1 immediately following, containing information introducing the
current product or whatever else *this* manual covers.

>How do you approach this issue, as small as it is?

Martha Jane {Kolman | Davidson}
editrix -at- slip -dot- net / mjk -at- netcom -dot- com / mjk -at- synon -dot- com
Senior Technical Writer

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