Posted: 19/Aug/2016 at 1:46pm – IP: 18.104.22.168 – author: jdolan
Tables of contents are intended to serve as on outline of the subject matter and content of a publication. It is appropriate that they be structured this way. Indexes are alphabetical listings of topics, usually at the end of the publication. A user should be able to scan the table of contents and have a general understanding of the organization and content of the publication. This is commonly accepted practice, and folks who have spent time at the library pouring over TOCs to try and determine which books meet their research needs can attest to its value. Changing the TOC to an alphabetical listing simply makes it an index at the beginning of the book, and takes away this important function of the TOC.