Many of you kind folks have provided invaluable information that has improved my LaTeX skills, but along the way, has also provided some inspiration to improve my typographic style. I have a few questions on some style choices I make among various documents and am interested in sparking a discussion. Some examples are:
- Captions on top of figures (as well as tables). I've seen some great discussion here about why figure captions should go on the bottom (due to how we process graphical information), but for a figure with footnotes, and because it is more consistent with tables, I feel that it wouldn't be objectionable to place figure captions on top.
- I am producing a document of technical requirements that has many, many sections, and is somewhat "legal" in nature. In some sections, we have small tables that I think look better in the section if the section was double-columned. Any objection to mixing sections that are single (page-wide) and double-columned in one document? I think the document I'm creating is aesthetically pleasing but is there something I might be missing logically?
- Are there any objections to hanging section numbers? I like that they clearly display when a new section begins, this is great for reference type documents. Perhaps in two-paged formats it could look ugly.
- Roman numerals in front matter. Just bothers me. It causes misalignment with some pdf viewers, and I don't think it needs to be pointed out in the pagination that the reader is seeing front matter. Roman numerals are antiquated and just don't add value, in my humble opinion.
The saying I keep seeing is that the critical mistake in typography is ignorance. I don't have any colleagues that I can discuss these considerations (due to lack of interest), and am hoping to have them online with people of diverse backgrounds.