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Compiling the table of contents

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StCoCr
Posted on
21-11-2011
by StCoCr

Compiling the table of contents

I have downloaded the table of contents file.

1) It seems each chapter can have no more than 100 articles. What is the maximum number of articles in a chapter? Is there an optimum number?

2) For sights & attractions, is it best to group them according to location, or by type (eg museums all together as a chapter, architectural landmarks in another)?

3) In the table of contents file, many of the entries are very short, and don't even include the full name of the entry eg: "1,10, Personalities." The first number is the chapter number, right? I should amend this when grouping the articles, is that right? The second number indicates the article's position within the chapter, is that right?

4) Do I need to complete the article names or add the URLs where the name is incomplete and the URL missing?

Thanks!
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Daniel
Posted on
26-11-2011
by Daniel

Please delete the complete ROW.

Best,
Daniel
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StCoCr
Posted on
26-11-2011
by StCoCr

Should I only delete the chapter/sub-chapter/entry numbers, or also the title, URL and other parts marked DO NOT EDIT!?

Thanks.
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Daniel
Posted on
25-11-2011
by Daniel

Hi,

Please delete these rows completely.

Yes, you can name the chapters. Either rename the first entry in the chapter directly in the file (the title of the first entry will also be used as the title of the chapter), or email me the details if you only want to rename the chapter, but keep the title of the article.

Best,
Daniel
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StCoCr
Posted on
25-11-2011
by StCoCr

The table of contents includes several articles which I didn't write, but have modified. I'm following your advice and excluding them from the app. What's the best way of doing so? Amending the chapter title to 0, or leaving that column blank? For those which are not to be included, should the entry number also be amended to 0 or left blank?

Also, is it possible to name the chapters?
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Daniel
Posted on
25-11-2011
by Daniel

Hi,

Looks like a problem with your local version of Excel - could it be you use a comma "," (instead of a point ".") as the decimal separator in your version?

Anyway, I will download the file for you and email a correct version that you can use as a basis.

Daniel
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StCoCr
Posted on
24-11-2011
by StCoCr

Still rather confused.

1) As for the number of enteries per chapter, I made that assumption because the numbers in column A go up to 1,100 and then start at 2,1.

2) I see.

3) It seems that column A currently has a provisional chapter/sub-chapter number, and (in most cases) the first word of the title of the attraction or the article. Where that title is just one word, it's in column A with the URL right beside it. Where the title is more than one word, the title is spread out, one word in each column, and the URL right beside the final word. When the attractions have longer names, stuff appears in columns G & H.

4) You're right, I just needed to expand it to see all the columns.

Am I right in thinking I need to do a lot of copying and pasting from one column to put this together?

Steve
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Daniel
Posted on
22-11-2011
by Daniel

Hi StCoCr,

Let me answer one-by-one:

1) The number of entries per chapter is NOT limited (how did you get to this assumption?). However, we usually recommend to limit the number of entries to 30,40, maybe 50. That is because it may be difficult for the user to browse through a long list.

You can group entries into sub-chapters if you like, even on multiple levels. We recommend not more than 2 sub-levels to make it easy to use for users (the "Table of Contents" file has columns for one sub-level, i.e. chapters, sub-chapters and the entries). You can add additional columns to the file if you like.

2) The sorting/grouping is completely up to you, and the type of guide you write. We recommedn to sort them by importance or in a suggested visiting order. Users can also re-sort the entries of a chapter by distance and by type, and restore the default sort order directly from within the app.

3)
Column A is the chapter number, correct. This should be amended, correct.
Column B is the sub-chapter number and can be amended as well (leave it blank if you do not want subchapters). In other words, this is the entrie's position within the chapter, as you say.
Column C: Assuming you have not added new columns for sub-sub-chapters, column C is the entry number, to sort all entries in that (sub-)chapter.
Column D is the full entry headline, as it is on the website and as it will appear in the app. You can edit this column, but we suggest you change it directly on the website.
Column E is the page URL, and must not be edited.
Columns F and G are for internal purposes and must also not be edited.

When making your edits, please sort the rows so that they appear in the same way as in the app. When moving rows, make sure to move the whole row including _all_ columns.

4) I don't understand what you mean by "very short" entries or incomplete article names/URLs. Which column/rows do you refer to? I see "Personalities in Taiwan's History 1800-1945" listed, which appears to be correct as other entries with similar titles. Maybe you just have to enlarge the columns width?

Best,
Daniel
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