Talk:Introduction to JP Boyd on Family Law
I have written a brief introduction to this introduction. Also added a sentence or two to the existing copy in the following paragraph. I focus on JP rather than on the "team" because the great strength of this material is the feeling you get of his voice. See what you think.
You may need to rejig the entire intro section a bit, in my opinion. The very strong wikibook focus is fine online - not so relevant when you're staring at a PDF.
We would need to tell users where they can get the PDF and where to go online. Put it in a box. Bold.
Chapters headings doubling as section headings
I strongly recommend adding a sub-heading, Overview, to the start of each chapter (following the chapter's introduction).
Here is my thinking about this:
In the copy I'm editing, the chapter heading is also de facto the heading of the overview section. This is followed by "more detailed" sections. Logically this bothers me. It should be (a) heading; (b) section/section/section. (And in the in-print TOC it will need to look like this.)
The problem then becomes a style sheet headache, where each section (aka page) starts with an (a) heading, even though subsequent sections are actually (b) section headings. In an online non-book format, I'd take a heading page, put in the intro, then line up the sections for folks to link to: overview section/more detailed section/more detailed section. (The heading for the overview section could just say "overview."
Names of chapters and sections
Ideally, both for online and print, the names of the chapter and section headings should be exactly as it appears in any direction to it. Otherwise readers will start feeling anxious. (They know it's a minefield.)
For some chapters, there is a short title (in the TOC that you can see on the right when you have selected a chapter) and a longer title when you arrive at the destination. This creates uncertainty when you link internally (am I in the right place?)
Some links were using the short titles, but of course the longer title was showing up at the destinations. I changed this so that the link is the longer title - just to be consistent. (But in some cases (see comment on forms, below) I think the short title is the better one. Suggestions?
The "short" TOC
Right now the readers are looking at the short title in the brief TOC on the right but seeing a longer title in the link and at the destination. Consistency is important.
We are having a nice numbered manual, right? It will help readers get around, given that they won't have hyperlinks. (I wouldn't want it online.)
The "short toc" has a name for the forms sections. When you get there it is something different - and it's very legalese. Something like: Supreme Court forms (family law). Can we get rid of those parentheses? (The short TOC for the forms is good, in my opinion.)
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