Table of Contents - Mediawiki

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A page can be divided into sections, using the section header syntax. You can also use the Visual Editor for a quick and easy way to create section headings.

Section Headings Syntax

Sections are created by creating their headers, as below




Please do not use only one equals sign on a side (=text here=); this causes a title the size of the page name, which is taken care of automatically.

With the preference setting Auto-number headings sections are numbered.

Table of contents (TOC)

For each page with more than three headings, a table of contents (TOC) is automatically generated from the section headings, unless:

  • (for a user) preferences are set to turn it off
  • (for an article) in the edit box the magic word __NOTOC__ is added

Controlling the Auto TOC

With __FORCETOC__ or __TOC__ in the wikitext a TOC is added even if the page has fewer than four headings.

With __FORCETOC__ the TOC is put before the first section header. With __TOC__, it is put at the position of this code. This allows any positioning, also e.g. on the right, and in a table cell, and it also allows multiple occurrence, e.g. in every section (demonstrated on Section; however, this seems only useful if the sections are long, so that the TOCs take up only a small part of the total space.).

Thus there may be some introductory text before the TOC, known as the "lead". Although usually a header after the TOC is preferable, __TOC__ can be used to avoid being forced to insert a meaningless header just to position the TOC correctly, i.e., not too low.

User preferences can be set to number the sections automatically.

The Table of contents can be forced onto a floating table on the right hand of the screen with the code below


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