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Old 07-06-2008, 02:04 PM   #1
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Has anyone figured out how to auto create a TOC? I do know how to make one manually, but would much prefer to automate the process.

I'm trying to make omnibus collections of all the short stories I have by each author. Since I bought the ebooks from Fictionwise, I can extract high quality HTML files from MSReader LIT.

I'd really appreciate some help. Thanks.
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Old 07-06-2008, 05:10 PM   #2
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I took an HTML file from Project Gutenberg -- as is -- and imported it into MobiPocket Creator. This file had the normal HTML Header-1 {h1} tag used for each chapter title.

I clicked on the "Table of Contents" menu entry in MPC and then the "Add a Table of Contents" button. Entered "h1" into the first field in the wizard and clicked the "Update" button.

It looked like this:



And then I clicked the "Build" icon. This is what showed up in MobiPocket Reader:



And the TOC entries all work.

So, the secret is to use a specific HTML tag -- or tag attribute -- at each location in the book that you would like a TOC entry for.

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Thank you. Before I had been using the tag "title" (which is in the file header, not body). It was making the list, but not any links. Now I know why.

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I haven't tried this, but might Creator also take style info from a Word document with proper headings as well and build a TOC that way, in much the same fashion?
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Old 07-07-2008, 01:05 AM   #5
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I haven't tried this, but might Creator also take style info from a Word document with proper headings as well and build a TOC that way, in much the same fashion?
I don't do Word. I know that you can save a Word document as HTML, but it's really poor HTML.
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I don't do Word. I know that you can save a Word document as HTML, but it's really poor HTML.
It may be poor HTML but I've found that it works fine with Creator.

I use Word to put a bit formatting into poorly formatted html public domain books - simple stuff like chapters beginning on a new page. So if your aim is the final mobi format book probably no need to worry too much about the finer points of the HTML file.

And yes, styling a para as, say, Heading 1 in Word attaches a tag (in this case h1) so you should be able to generate a TOC.
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