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InDesign alphabetical TOC excluding "the" and "a"

Feb 19, 2013 1:29 PM

Tags: #toc #table_of_contents #text #indesign #cs6 #alphabetical #alphabetically #alphabetical_navigation

How can I make an alphabetically sorted  table of contents in InDesign that excludes initial "the" or "a"?

 

For example, so that "A Bear" or "The Bear" goes in the "B" section and not under "T" or "A"?

 
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    Feb 19, 2013 1:38 PM   in reply to philiprice

    If you create it as an index, you can specify in the index markers How you want it sorted.

     

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    Feb 19, 2013 2:52 PM   in reply to philiprice

    This link seems to describe what you're trying to do. (Except it's aimed at someone who's not using a TOC at all )

     
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    Feb 19, 2013 3:03 PM   in reply to philiprice

    There's a sample script that sorts paragraphs alphabetically, though it doesn't have the option to exclude an initial article. I'd bet, though, that it could be modified to do so. You might want to ask over in scripting...

     
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    Feb 19, 2013 3:26 PM   in reply to philiprice

    > Call me lazy, but this site seemed to do the trick, by selecting "ignore definite and indefinite articles."

     

    So? Go ahead and use it, then. Why bother asking over in the Scripting forum, when you already found a workaround?

     
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