repeating figures

Subject: repeating figures
From: LDurway -at- pav -dot- com
To: TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 11:07:31 -0500

I've got a question about figures. The recent discussion of forward
references didn't address it so far as I can tell.

I have a figure showing a flow chart. The figure first appears in the
section where I discuss the overall system illustrated by the flow chart.
Ten pages later I want to describe one part of the system. The catch is
that I want to reproduce the flow chart figure exactly as it was before--not
just a portion of it, no changes, I mean the exact same thing. I know it's
irregular to repeat a figure this way, but I just don't want to make my
reader flip back & forth while I discuss things. Where I'm stuck is in
deciding how to handle the figure caption and number. Duplicating the
figure number would be easy but odd: I'd have a figure out of order.
Giving the duped figure a new number would suggest that it's different from
the previous instance, possibly disturbing readers who wonder why they're
unable to detect the difference. I guess I could include a note saying
"Figure 1-3 is really the same as Figure 1-5." -- but that's sounds really

Any suggestions how to handle this? or am I just an incompetent slob who's
going to too much trouble to accommodate his readers?


Lindsey Durway
durway -at- pav -dot- com, (512) 438-1514
Customer Documentation
Pavilion Technologies

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