Contents

# Tables of contents

A table of contents should be its own markdown file containing a list of the book’s parts. Each list item should be a link to a location in the book – ideally a fragment identifier to ensure that print page references are always accurate. Here is a simple example:

---
title: Contents
style: contents-page
---

# Contents

1. [Chapter 1](1.html#chapter-1)
1. [Chapter 2](2.html#chapter-2)


For more advanced markup and styling, you may need to do more. In this example, each element is tagged.

---
title: Contents
style: contents-page
---

# Contents

1. [*Acknowledgements*{:.toc-chapter-title}](0-5-acknowledgements.html#acknowledgements){:.frontmatter-reference}
1. [*Preface*{:.toc-chapter-title}](text.html#preface){:.frontmatter-reference}
1. [*1*{:.toc-chapter-number} *Early Days in Mavambe*{:.toc-chapter-title}](text.html#early-days-in-mavambe)
1. [*2*{:.toc-chapter-number} *Baragwanath Hospital and Beyond*{:.toc-chapter-title}](text.html#baragwanath-hospital-and-beyond)


Note the .frontmatter-reference in particular: our default styles format that page number according to the style you set for the \$frontmatter-reference-style variable in your print stylesheet. The other classes in this example are for custom formatting.

Tip: We recommend using a numbered list, even though out default styles hide the numbers. This is to make it easier to convert your TOC to EPUB3, which requires that the nav element on your contents page contains only an ordered list.