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From: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2009 09:31:09 -0600
Message-ID: <1c8dbcaa0912010731i4a27730dob35e75120db32bf3@mail.gmail.com>
To: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>, "Michael(tm) Smith" <mike@w3.org>
Cc: Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>, HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
Hi Leif,

You wrote to Tab [1]:

> What you did not prove anywhere, is that people will *not* have a
> difficult time understanding what <figure> is about.

I did a little bit of searching and found some definitions, style
guides, and examples.

Sidebar: I'd like to start a Wiki page to track this figure issue but
have learned that the ESW Wiki is no longer supported.
http://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/wiki/HTML_Task_Force
Mike, Will the HTML WG be getting a new Wiki instance like the
accessibility task force?

Anyway, in the mean time, this is what I have found:

Definitions:

"A 'figure' is a graphic such as a map, bar graph, or diagram."
http://people.uleth.ca/~maclachlan/General/Style_Guide.htm#_1_13

"In a book (or a dissertation or report) a figure is a drawing or diagram"
http://studymore.org.uk/glofig.htm#Figure

"A figure is a graphic illustration (that is, it must be drawn or
drafted) such as a chart, graph, diagram, map, photograph, or plate."
http://www.iuj.ac.jp/gsir/thesis/writing.html#I45

"A figure is any visual that is not a table."
http://www.ryerson.ca/els/Replacement%20Workshops/Research%20Paper.htm

"a figure is a chart, graph, diagram, map, drawing, or any other
non-text item that is note a table."
http://www.aijstpme.kmutnb.ac.th/standard.html#ill

"A figure is an illustration, graph or picture that is useful to
explaining the point you which to make in the report."
http://oak.snr.missouri.edu/nr3110/topics/tables.html

"'Any type of illustration other than a table is referred to as a
figure (APA, 2009, p. 125)."
http://www.docstyles.com/apacrib.htm#Sec50

"Figures include non-text entries such as graphs, illustrations,
photos, and artwork (tables are not figures)."
http://www.cm.cahs.colostate.edu/students/graduate/files/APA%20Style%20Guide.pdf

"A figure is 'the image, likeness, or representation of something
material or immaterial' (OED). Use for any learning resource that
consists of or contains visual representation(s) other than text,
including photographs, maps, video, animations, and visual
hypermedia."
http://www.cancore.ca/en/help/44.html

"Figures: A common use of Figures is to present graphs, photographs,
or other illustrations (other than tables). See the Publication Manual
(2010, pp. 150-167) for detailed examples."
http://www.vanguard.edu/faculty/ddegelman/index.aspx?doc_id=796

"Figures include all types of illustrations (i.e., graphs, maps,
charts, photographs, drawings, etc.)."
http://graduate.asu.edu/format/apa.html

"Tables are not figures; graphs are figures, so don't refer to 'Table
1' as 'Figure 1.'"
http://library.williams.edu/citing/departments/psyc.php

"figure - A formal figure, generally an illustration, with a title"
http://www.docbook.org/tdg5/en/html/figure.html

"A figure is a way to help your reader to understand your data more easily"
http://gilsonlab.umbi.umd.edu/writing3a.html

"Figure types
*Statistical graphs, charts, and simple diagrams
* Photographic images (color photos, radiographs, ultrasound images,
CT scans, MRI scans, electron micrographs, and photomicrographs)
* Illustrations
* Videos"
http://jama.ama-assn.org/misc/jamatechreqfigures.pdf

Style Guides:

http://www.uwsp.edu/PSYCH/apa4b.htm#IIH
http://www.ascjournal.ascweb.org/journal/style.htm
http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jibs/style_guide.html#figures-and-tables
http://www.writing.eng.vt.edu/me2024/
http://www.docstyles.com/apacrib.htm#Sec50
http://web.science.mq.edu.au/~rdale/resources/writingnotes/latexstyle.html#figures
http://jama.ama-assn.org/misc/ifora.dtl#Figures

Examples:

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/20/
http://www.languages.ait.ac.th/STYSTYLE.HTM#tables,%20figs%20&%20equ
http://www.citationonline.net/CitationHelp/csg04-manuscripts-apa.htm
http://oreilly.com/oreilly/author/stylesheet.html#figures_tables_and_examples
http://www.ics.uci.edu/~fielding/pubs/dissertation/rest_arch_style.htm#tab_5_1
http://wiki.hitsp.org/docs/TN904/TN904-6.html
http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/mentalhealth/chapter5/sec1.html
http://www.tfhrc.gov/safety/pedbike/pubs/05085/chapt5.htm
http://www.pnas.org/content/104/29/12069/suppl/DC1
http://www.grida.no/publications/other/ipcc_sr/?src=/Climate/ipcc/aviation/059.htm
http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety-security/hazmat/chapter5.htm
http://www.environment.gov.au/soe/2006/publications/report/human-settlements-2.html
http://144.16.93.203/energy/paper/comparitive/results.htm
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/2007/lbrdc-vsmrc/intro-eng.php#12
http://www.agiledata.org/essays/umlDataModelingProfile.html#Table3ClassStereotypes
http://www.cvdinfobase.ca/cvdbook/En/Chapter5Main.htm
http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/plants/grashdyn/results.htm
http://youngcow.net/doc/oracle10g/text.102/b14217/view.htm
http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/preslectures/andreasen93/index.html
http://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/cr_42_fig1.htm
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslarchive/aaslbucket/slmr/actionresearch.cfm
http://www.sapac.edu.au/systems/aquila/docs/sgi-propack3/Porting_Guide/sgi_html/ch05.html
http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Disease_ctrl/epi/swineflu/Reports/reports.htm
http://www.state.nj.us/health/cancer/prostate/incidence.htm
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2004/05/19405/37647
http://www.greenfacts.org/en/biofuels/figtableboxes/figure-5.htm
http://www.agilemodeling.com/artifacts/useCaseDiagram.htm
http://nsidc.org/news/press/20091005_minimumpr.html
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc188966.aspx
http://web.mit.edu/krugman/www/trioshrt.html
http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/yale_journal_of_criticism/v016/16.1biro_figures.html
http://www.av8n.com/physics/periodic-table.htm
http://www.iuns.org/features/obesity/tabfig.htm
http://www.devdaily.com/blog/post/latex/reference-figure-or-table-within-latex-document

Best Regards,
Laura
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Laura L. Carlson
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