Does The Documents Table of Contents (TOC) Make Sense?
We all know that a TOC is intended to list the main topics and sections with the page numbers for each. If a TOC does not appear to match the type of document or the document’s subject matter, then it may not be properly developed. Your document’s TOC should always be concise by presenting a single idea or topic in each heading. If the headings appear long or contain multiple topics, you may have a faulty TOC. Your task is to now do a little research. Spend some time with the engineers or end-users, or any other subject matter expert (SME) to find out what he/she considers to be the important topics for Rex’s (and now your) document. Remember to take notes so you too can become a SME. Ok, so you’ve read through the document and you have learned a fair amount about the subject matter. Let’s revisit the TOC to see if any noticeable gaps exist in the main topics and sections that are listed. In other words, verify that all or most of the important main topics appear in the TOC. If they do
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