Two TOCs (Was: Transitioning user expectations...)

Subject: Two TOCs (Was: Transitioning user expectations...)
From: "Jones, Donna" <DJones -at- zebra -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2005 14:30:25 -0600

> -----Bruce Byfield wrote:

> Why not both two TOCs and a good index? Anything that helps that you
> have time for.

One of our manuals contains a "Functional TOC" for commands, which would be along the same lines as a "Feature TOC." I believe the entries were typed in manually in the past (text<TAB>page number). As a FrameMaker super-geek, I have been trying to think of how we might automate the process and provide hyperlinks to the entries so the user could jump to the commands from the Functional TOC.

How would you go about doing a feature/function-based TOC short of manually messing with a copy of the actual TOC after everything else was done? For example, I might do the following to generate a different type of TOC:

1. Starting with a copy of the TOC, convert the TOC entries into a table.
2. If necessary, change the entries to read differently without deleting the hypertext markers.
3. Sort the table.
4. Convert the table back to text.

Is there a better way to do it that I'm missing?



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