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Which form is more common when referring to examples (or, for example, tables)?

Some text (see examples 1a and 2e in X).

or

Some text (see X, examples 1a and 2e).

X is the title of the section. The word "section" is not included.

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Not aware of any standard.

But your first one reads easier to me: See examples 1 and 2 in section X.

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