The common format I've seen for published family trees (e.g., Register-style) start with a particular ancestral couple and move forward generation by generation. This has the advantage that the numbers run in sequence, but I've found that it can be difficult reading for non-genealogists, as grandparents, parents, and children may be scattered throughout.
I'm considering organizing a narrative that traces each line from top to bottom rather than generation by generation (vertically rather than horizontally - I would have said "depth-first", bit it isn't quite). If I use the Register-style numbering, the numbers would be out of sequence, but I'm hoping that a complete name/number index will compensate.
My question is: are there any published guidelines for organizing a family narrative in this way? Or even a good published example of such? I've seen some published genealogies where the primary surname line(s) were presented in the standard way, but with other lines presented separately. I'm looking for something more general than that, if possible.