Created on: 2009-11-04 21:44:30
The description of Fully Collapse is poorly written, misleading, and lacks any semblance of context.
"Removes all skipped heading levels and table of contents entries and places all table of contents headings at the same level, regardless of the table of contents level specified in the Stationery."
It removes all table of contents entries? Why would I want that? It puts all entries at the same level? Why have a TOC if all the entries are in one big long list? What role does the stationery play and why is it used as a proper name?
This is a better, albeit more verbose, description of what this option means.
Problem: In several places in my TOC, I had repeated entries. The first entry was always a non-link and the second entry was a link. It appeared at first to be random but then I realized there was a pattern.
I had configured a four-level TOC:
- Section Title
- Head 1
- Head 2
- Head 1
In our template, Section Title was between Chapter title and Heading 1.
The issue occurred when a chapter that contained Section Titles started without one. For example, this would cause it:
- Head 1 (other headings) Section Title
The TOC would look something like:
This Is My Chapter
This is the First Topic In the Chapter <<--dead link This is the First Topic In the Chapter <<--live link
Solution: Target > Target Settings > Table of Contents group. For the "Collapse table of contents" option, click Fully collapse" (Default is "Smart collapse").
So a better description of this option might be:
"Use this option to eliminate redundant entries in the Table of Contents. Typically, these redundant entries are caused by skipping heading levels. For example, a Heading 1 followed directly by a Heading 3 or a chapter title followed directly by a Heading 2. Before you set this option, make sure you have set your Table of Contents levels appropriately for the desired tags. (Style Designer > Paragraph Styles > <name of style you want in your TOC> > Options tab, Table of contents level."