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I have a large terchnical manual that is divided as follows:
Chapters for each major technical topic such as Electrical, Mechanical etc.
Then Major Topics within each Chapter
The end result would look like this_
Topic 1 - Covers
Section 1 - Cover Assemblies
Section 2- Cover Cleaning and Maintenance
Section 3- Cover Removal and installation
Section 1- Wiring Diagrams
Section 2-Wiring Troubleshooting
Section 3-Wiring Assemblies.
Topic 2- Printed Circuit Boards
Section 1-Power Boards
Section 1-Control Boards
I want to know how you do it. Tell me how and why you divide your manuals.
I save each one as an individual file
Cover Cleaning and Maintenance.indd
Cover Removal and INstallation.indd
Notice the way I don't include the Section #
That's intentional in case a Section needs to move - there's no point in renumbering hundreds of documents.
Then I compile all the files in a Book.
I use the Book features to apply Topic & Section Numbers throughout the files, for example:
In Wiring Diagrams.indd I'll set up a Style called "Section Number"
You'll notice in the Bullets and Numbering I have used "Section ^H:" where "^H" denotes a chapter number.