I'm reviewing some of my Research Reports and Notes and see that I'm constantly struggling with recording forms-based items (eg. a 1926 Ontario Birth certificate) in a complete and consistent manner. While paragraph-based items (eg. wills and letters) readily lend themselves to transcription, form-based items do not seem to do so. (And; the formatting restrictions of the editors in many genealogical programs makes it nearly impossible to lay out the transcription of a form.) I "think" that I should likely be using an abstract for these situations. Abstracting paragraph-based items, by dropping boilerplate, is a bit more straight-forward. But; abstracting form-based data is something that I'm not sure how to tackle, due to its lack of "flow" to the information presented.
I read over the QuickTips article, "Abstracts vs. Abstracts, with a Bit of an Extract." I suspect that I should likely use something that follows the example for a, "notetaking context," rather than an "academic context," in order to retain as much information and original context as possible.
If abstracts are the correct solution; would you have any short examples of a form-based record and the resulting abstract? Seeing how someone else has tackled this would help me to see the path forward.