Deciding the Content of Headers and Footers
In general, the header and footer spaces at the top and bottom of the page are reserved for two kinds of information: specifics about the document itself, and details about the document's origins. Specifics about the individual document include information to help readers navigate the printed text or understand how and when the document was designed. With such document issues in mind, writers and document designers frequently include this information in headers and footers:
Document identification number
Chapter number or title
Dates might record when the work was printed, or the day of its last revision. When chapter information is included, the process of building a header or footer can become more complex. If page numbers include chapter numerals or headers contain chapter titles, the page designer must divide the document into sections with section breaks, as shown in Figure 2, to accommodate the shifting header or footer patterns.
The second type of header/footer information involves the document origin. This might refer either to the individual who created the document (author's name, address, telephone number), or—probable in most business applications—the company, division, or department from which the document is launched into the enterprise or the world at large. The manager's name may appear in one of the headers. Departmental or company logos are frequently dropped into place. Frequently the document is labeled as belonging to a larger document set or identified with a specific work project.