Just to confirm
- When I try to update the TOCs, I stand on the TOC itself as I was told in many tutorials, but the "update table of contents" feature is unavailable, even in the main TOC at the very beginning of the doc.
It is like if I wasn't standing in the actual TOC, but there is no actual TOC anywhere that I could refer to.
When you say "standing on" you are SELECTING the TOC with the BLACK ARROW (Selection) tool?
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Yes, Jhon, hi!
Selecting with the black arrow and with the text tool also.
I mean I clicked on the TOC, using either one or the other, even selecting the whole text... nothing worked.
I tried the cleaning, did not change a thing.
Thanks for your help!
Instead of updating, you can also try just making the TOC again with the same settings. This would be very easy if you created TOC styles for the various TOCs.
Thank you Peter.
That was the first idea I had: I then created a new table of contents, but it created a single one, and when I proceded to cut it (each chapter has it's own TOC) the "connections" of the page numbers were lost.
Is there any way of re-creating a cut TOC, or just a part of the TOC...? Heavin, that sounds barbaric.
Another thing: when the numbers are "linked" and updating well, they display indide a little box. Not a text box, but a kind of little frame around the numbers. That frame makes it imposible to delete just one number: when the TOC says that Section 6.1 is in page 135, for example, you cannot delete just the 5, it deletes, not just the 3 numbers, but also the doted tab.
Does that tell you something about how this TOC was created?
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You've just confused me.
My understanding of how this is set up is that either:
This is a book, and there is a master TOC that includes all book documents and a document-specific TOC in each component file, or
This is a single file and there is one master TOC that includes all sections and a section-specific TOC that includes only the individual section.
In the first case, I think you would want two TOC styles set up, one that includes the chapter heads (if I understood how you said this worked) for the for the master, and you would include all docs in the book when you generate it, and a second style for the individual chapters, with the subheadings you want to include.
In the second case, it would be similar, but instead of only one style to cover the section TOCS, I think you would need to create a unique set of pargraph styles for the headings in each section (they can all be the same format, based one section, just with unique names), and then make a TOC style for each section that includes only the styles from that section.
OK, wait a sec. I just reread what you said: "Another thing: when the numbers are "linked" and updating well, they display indide a little box. Not a text box, but a kind of little frame around the numbers. That frame makes it imposible to delete just one number: when the TOC says that Section 6.1 is in page 135, for example, you cannot delete just the 5, it deletes, not just the 3 numbers, but also the doted tab."
I think these are NOT normal TOCs created by using Layout > TOC (but you could replace them with ones that are, if you set up your styles properly and the text you want to include is appearing on the pages). Those little boxes you mention sound like cross-references, which should update automatically without any intervention at all. Unfortunately, cross-refs can be flakey, especially if they point to another document. I'd open the cross-refs panel and see if you need to recreate a bunch of links.
Oh, good lord, Peter, I guess your right!
Now that you explained it, I remember there was a dialog box mentioning some cross-reference issues when I exported the document.
As I don't know how cross-reference work exactly, I'll look for a tutorial.