How structure and design work
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When readers are asked to assess the quality of the documents they receive, their most common complaint is that a document is poorly structured, or not structured at all. Structure is the set of relationships between individual components of a document. Structuring is all about distinguishing things that are different from one another and connecting things that are related to one another. Containment is the placing of one thing inside another. Containment creates a very strong connection between the container and the contained item. There is no doubt about whether a thing is inside or outside the container; think of a set of Russian dolls of different sizes that fit into one another. Social science and science papers have quite standard structures: title page, abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, references, and appendixes. Many workplace documents have formats that follow common conventions.