Generate a miniature table of contents

FrameMaker allows you to add a miniature table of contents (mini TOC) at a document level. This feature is currently supported for unstructured documents only. A mini TOC improves the read­ability and eases the navigation in a long document. The mini TOC feature eliminates the old manual technique of adding cross-references of each heading in your document to mimic a mini TOC. With this feature you can automatically create, sort, and insert a mini TOC at a specified loca­tion in your document.

You can change the formatting and style of a mini TOC in the same way as you would do for a regular TOC. For more information about formatting the mini TOC, see Update a mini TOC. Once a mini TOC is included in a document, you can publish it in all supported output formats.

If you are working in a right-to-left (RTL) document, then the direction of the mini TOC is based on the direction of the document (Format > Document > Direction). This implies that even if all the content in a document is based in a left-to-right (LTR) language, but the direction of the document is RTL, the direction of the mini TOC will also be RTL.

Create a mini TOC

1)Open the document in which you want to insert a mini TOC.

2)Click where you want to insert the mini TOC.

3)Choose Special > Table of Contents > Create Mini TOC.

4)Move paragraph tags to the Include scroll list. To move an item between scroll lists, select the item and click an arrow, or double-click the item. To move all items from one scroll list to the other, Shift-click an arrow.

5)To have each entry in the generated list be linked to its source, select Create Hypertext Links. These links let you jump to the source of an entry by clicking the entry.

6)Click Set.

A new mini TOC is created and placed in your document. Once you save the document, FrameMaker creates new paragraph tags with suffix MTOC for all paragraph tags that were used to make up the mini TOC. Also, a new reference page (MTOC) is added in the document.

Update a mini TOC

If you update a heading or change the formatting of the mini TOC from the reference page, the change is not reflected until you update the mini TOC.

1)Make changes to the headings in your document.

2)Right-click on the mini TOC and select Update Mini TOC from the context menu.

note:    You can also choose Special > Table of Contents > Update Mini TOC.

3)Click OK on the alert message.

note:    If you want to change the headings that make up your mini TOC, then delete the existing mini TOC and recreate a mini TOC.

If you want to update mini TOCs in all documents within a book, you can do so with a single click.

1)Open the book window and select the book file.

2)Choose Edit > Update Book.

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3)Select the Mini TOC option.

4)Click Update.

With this single book update operation, mini TOCs present in all document within the book are updated.

You can also update the look and feel of the mini TOC by changing the paragraph formats used to generate the mini TOC. You can simply open the paragraph tag (with MTOC suffix) in the para­graph designer, make the required changes, and update the paragraph tag definition. You can also use the reference page (MTOC) to make the required changes.

If you do not want the page numbers in the mini TOC, then you can use any one of the following two approaches:

Remove page numbers from all output formats: Open the reference page and remove all occur­rences of <$pagenum> variable from the MTOC page. Once you have removed the variable, save the document and update the mini TOC. The page numbers would not be shown in the source document as well as in any published output.

Remove page numbers from output formats supported by Publish pod: Create a new character format and apply it on all occurrences of <$pagenum> variable in the MTOC page. Open the Publish Settings (in Publish pod > Settings > Edit Settings), open the Style Mapping tab, and select the character format from the list. Enable the Exclude From Output option for the char­acter format that you have applied on the <$pagenum> variable. The page numbers would be visible in the source document, but they will not be published in any output format supported by the Publish pod.

For more information about the various output formats supported by Publish pod, see Multichannel publishing.

Delete a mini TOC

To delete a mini TOC, right-click on the mini TOC and select Delete Mini TOC from the context menu. Alternatively, choose Special > Table of Contents > Delete Mini TOC to delete the mini TOC.


September 30, 2016

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