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I'm producing documentation for an A-Level Computing project. Throughout my project I've been numbering my tables and figures relative to the chapter and section they're contained in. So for example, instead of doing:

2. Design

...

2.3. Object analysis

Figure 4 - diagram of objects

I've done:

2. Design

...

2.3. Object analysis

Figure 2.3.1. - diagram of objects

I'd like to know if the latter style of numbering is considered bad practice. Should my figures instead always be absolutely numbered? Or should I use absolute numbering and restart the number for each section? I'm not required to conform to an academic style, so this is more for myself.

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If your school does not have a specific scheme in place for such reports, then you are free to use whatever scheme you feel most logically identifies things. Personally, I prefer the longer style of numbering, because it helps me to orient myself through a large document. It's certainly not bad practice, although it's somewhat unusual to "drill down" all the way to the subsection level.

  • Depends on how many figures are in each subsection. If all subsections are very figure-dense... – hBy2Py Jul 26 '16 at 14:34

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