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Writing rules: Numbered titles

Using numbered chapter and section titles

The rules related to numbered chapter and section titles differ depending on what kind of document you are writing.

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We do not use numbered chapter and section titles.

Such numbering is unnecessary and old-fashioned, and it does not add any valuable information to the context.

If you believe that you need numbered section titles to keep track of the document's structure, you have too many levels. Restructure the document to reduce the number of section levels. Try to use maximum four levels.

The current layout specification supports maximum five levels.

Too many levels with numbered titles forces the reader to keep track of the structure, and that is not his job, it is yours.

Referencing is made using page numbers on printed output (PDF), and interactive links on electronic output (CHM). See Creating references.

Exceptions:

  • Numbered chapter and section titles are only used if it is specified in a contract.

Manufacturing documents

Use the numbered chapter and section titles provided by the template file or stylesheet.

Quotations

Quotations can be written with or without numbered chapter and section titles.


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Standards for writing and grammar rules

  • Microsoft Style Guide, 4th Edition, Microsoft Press, Washington, 2012, ISBN 978-0-7356-4871-5
  • Chicago manual of Style, 16th Edition, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2012, ISBN 978-0-226-10420-1

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