5.6. Divisions of the text
The text of a work must be presented in such a way that a reader finds it easy to follow. In order to present a well-structured work that is not crammed and confusing, the text can be broken down into divisions and subdivisions. These should not exceed seven levels. The headings and subheadings should be followed by amounts of text appropriate to their respective levels.
The text can be broken down into parts, titles, chapters, sections, paragraphs, points, etc. by using figures, letters, hyphens and bullets. This numbering system is usually displayed in the following descending order:
Traditionally, a work is subdivided as follows.
Part One THE WORK OF THE UNION
Chapter I DEVELOPMENT OF THE UNION
Section I – General political situation
A – Budgetary powers
1. Main developments
(a) Directives adopted
Another way of indicating the subdivisions of a text is to use different typeface values to give an exact value to each heading and subheading, without breaking down the text into sections, chapters, etc.
THE WORK OF THE UNION
DEVELOPMENT OF THE UNION
General political situation
Part I – THE WORK OF THE UNION
Chapter I – DEVELOPMENT OF THE UNION
1. General political situation
1.1. Budgetary powers
1.1.1. Main developments
It is advisable to limit the levels of subheadings.
When a publication has many references to other parts of the same publication, it is often more practical to number the paragraphs continuously, as the references can then be inserted before the final pagination is known.
Continuous numbering can be combined with one of the other numbering systems.