Ebook developer Joshua Tallent has been using his Digital Book World column recently to discuss some best practices, ideas and opinions about ebook front matter. And in his latest installment, he dives into the table of contents.
Speaking to the Nav Doc, Tallent writes: “In EPUB 2, the Table of Contents (TOC) is actually built into two different files: an HTML file that is visible to the reader as they turn pages through the EPUB, and the NCX file, which is an XML file that most reading systems display as a special navigation option, usually when you select a TOC option from a menu. The reason for using two different files was the need for a TOC that was structurally correct while also having the ability to style the TOC in a way that matches the print book.”
He continues: “In EPUB 3, the needs of these two files have been combined into one: the HTML Nav Doc. The structure of the TOC is achieved by constructing the TOC as an ordered list, and the styling is done in the stylesheet.”
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