Writing an Outline
October 19, 2004 2:43 PM Subscribe
When writing an outline, how deep should you go? [more inside]
posted by adamrice to writing & language (7 answers total)
I'm translating a document that uses a mishmash of dotted-decimal and letter outline forms, so it goes sort of like this:
Occasionally the author skips a rung in this hierarchy, so it's not a good model to follow in any case. I have made the decision to convert the whole thing to dotted-decimal, but when you get down six rungs deep, it's very hard to look at all those digits without going crosseyed.
So, I'm wondering. Are there any well-founded guidelines for how deep to go in an outline? For whatever it's worth, I'm going down 5 layers and just indenting the 6th layer, if present. If I get to a 7th layer later, my head will explode.