Hi, Linda. This is an interesting approach -- and I can easily see how we tech writers may develop standards that are pickier than our clients would ever require . . . just because we can, darn it!
My manual has chapter page numbers (3-1 to 3-25, then 4-1 to 4-13, etc.). The table and figure numbers follow this pattern (Figure 3.2, Table 4.6, etc.) In this case, would you number table and figures straight through? Would you keep the chapter-# numbering scheme? I have to admit . . the illogic of keeping the #s is making my perfectionist tendencies unhappy, but then again, your (and my) clients aren't paying us to satisfy our personal perfectionism, are they! Thanks. --Nancy On May 12, 2009, Linda G. Gallagher <lindag at techcomplus.com> wrote: Nancy, I know some folks may disagree with my approach, but I'll share it in case it might work for you. For the online help version of content, I do remove chapter numbering. I number tables and figures 1 through x throughout the whole "book" in both the print and help. I retain the table and figure numbers in the help, so that I can refer to them.