Repeating a figure (was "Forward" referencing)

Subject: Repeating a figure (was "Forward" referencing)
From: "Halter, Meg" <HalterMC -at- navair -dot- navy -dot- mil>
To: "TECHWR-L, a list for all technical communication issues" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 2 Sep 1999 07:22:10 -0700

If one decides to include a figure more than once to save the reader from
the misery of flipping hundreds of pages, how should one handle the naming?
Seems like there should be something in the captions that tells the reader
that they really are the same figure, such as

Figure 1-10. Widget Disassembly
Figure 45-657. Widget Disassembly (Repeat of Figure 1-10)
Figure 402-12. Widget Disassembly (Repeat of Figure 1-10)

Thoughts?

-- Meg

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brent L Jones [SMTP:bjones -at- VersatileSoftware -dot- com]
> Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 1999 3:06 PM
> To: TECHWR-L, a list for all technical communication issues
> Subject: RE: "Forward" referencing
>
> My general rule: if the cross-reference is "bonus" information--that is,
> information that may be useful but is not vital for the task at hand--then
> I
> cross-reference it no matter how many pages away it is. If the information
> I
> want to refer to is essential to the task at hand, but only 5 or so pages
> away, then I cross-reference it. If the information I want to refer to is
> essential and more than 5 or so pages away, then I replicate it rather
> than
> cross-referencing.
>




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