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Table of Contents

A table of contents is a great way for members to navigate to the specific web page of interest without stepping through many Icon stages or via dropdown menus. Few Probus sites use this function because their sites are limited in size and complexity, but really it is a index of contents (called TOC or sometimes Site Map) and should be use much more frequently.

Indeed reviewing the Ewell Club’s usage in a month the page visits are only about 20 out of many hundred, so worth adding to your armoury and use more often!

Table of contents has been quoted as:-

"The most unspectacular design elements ever invented."

Below are some screen shots (not always the correct size or colour!),

note these are static pictures just for visual information.

Just Click the icon Contents (only on your live website) and the table brings up the Index in this case for CTiE  site.


General helpful notes about table of contents for other packages

A table of contents is a great way for you to organise your content and an easy way for viewers to navigate your document. All you have to do is creates headings within your document, then add a table of contents to your page.

Table of contents is often considered to be one of the most unspectacular design elements ever invented. Because of its simple, usual form, table of contents is often not given the attention it may deserve after all, it is just a list of the parts of a book, document or web site organised in the order in which the parts appear. But why not use exactly that and surprise the reader of a booklet, brochure, annual report or a book with some beautiful and original table of contents? In fact, many creative approaches are possible. And this post attempts to prove exactly that.

A table of contents, usually headed simply "Contents" and abbreviated informally as TOC, is a list of the parts of a book or document or web site organised in the order in which the parts appear. The contents usually includes the titles or descriptions of the first-level headers, such as chapter titles in longer works, and often includes second-level or section titles within the chapters as well, and occasionally even third-level titles.

The depth of detail in tables of contents depends on the length of the work, with longer works having less. Formal reports also have a table of contents.

Within an English-language book, the table of contents usually appears after the title page, copyright notices, and, in technical journals, the abstract; and before any lists of tables or figures, the foreword, and the preface.

Printed tables of contents indicate page numbers where each part starts, while digital ones offer links to go to each part. The format and location of the page numbers is a matter of style for the publisher. If the page numbers appear after the heading text, they might be preceded by characters called leaders, that run from the chapter or section titles on the opposite side of the page, or the page numbers might remain closer to the titles. In some cases, the page number appears before the text.

In some cases, tables of contents contains a high quality description of the chapter's but usually first-level header's section content rather than subheadings.

Matter preceding the table of contents is generally not listed there. However, all pages except the outside cover are counted, and the table of contents is often numbered with a lowercase Roman numeral page number.

Many popular word processors, such as Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, and Star-Writer are capable of automatically generating a table of contents if the author of the text uses specific styles for chapter titles, headings, subheadings, etc.