Hey folks, I have kind of a weird query. Keep in mind that everything I know about InDesign I've taught myself over the past month, so I may be missing somethng major.
As part of an internship I'm creating ebooks, and have to make sure the ones I create look the same as ebooks previously created for my employer (better yet, I've had to do so from scratch!). In their previous ebooks (EPUB file format) the table of contents displayed by the ereader makes it clear a specific TOC style was used to create it (it has headings and subheadings, so it's not just the default style that pulls from file names) BUT there is NO table of contents anywhere within the body of the ebook itself. There's also no blank page where a TOC might be hidden with a hidden layer.
I've created a TOC style to match theirs, but I can't get it to show up in the TOC Styles dropdown menu when I go to export the Book file to EPUB unless the TOC document is also included in the Book file, and as I said, I can't have the TOC in the body of the ebook itself, just in the menu displayed by an ereader.
Did you use Table of contents style dialog to create a new TOC style? If yes, then the new TOC style should appear in the dropdown list when TOC Style is selected in Navigation in EPUB Export options dialog.
I figured as much. This begs the question: how did the ebooks I'm basing mine on pull off a TOC for the ereader menu WITHOUT having a TOC in the ebook (as in, there's no pages in the ebook with a list of titles on it anywhere)? I'm sorry if I'm just not understanding your answer.
Not sure if the same applies to ePub, but for Kindle (mobi file), you don't actually need to have the TOC in your book in order for it to show in the ebook. Once it's generated, it's part of the document as far as I understand. I have an eBook that doesn't show a TOC in the book but it shows in the eBook.
In your original post, you say: "I've created a TOC style to match theirs". Do you mean, you did it manually? My observation above applies when you have generated the TOC within ID from Layout/Table of Contents. Is that what you did?
Yep, that's exactly what I did--went through the various options in the Layout/Table of Contents menu to specifcy which paragraph styles I wanted to use for the TOC, all that good stuff. The problem is that the TOC style I created through that process isn't showing up when I go to export it, only "Default," which just creates a TOC using the file names of the Documents within a Book file.
No, I haven't tried either of those fixes yet, but I will. Not sure how to save as IDML but I'll find a tutorial for it somewhere.
Is it relevant to those troubleshooting techniques that I'm running a trial version of InDesign?
@Ellis home, yes, I have tried exporting the ebook and the TOC only shows up as the Default style (so the file names show up as the TOC), which is the only style available in the TOC Styles dropdown menu right now.
Not sure it's relevant but I'm not the only one who's had this problem: