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The electronic table of contents typically consists of a hierarchical list of topics. Topics that have subtopics are commonly represented by book symbols. Topics that don’t have subtopics are represented by page symbols.

Most help authoring tools create a well-designed hierarchical table of contents automatically. Yet, often you can significantly improve the usability of online help.

You can use custom icons that match the information types of topics.

You can optimize how users can interact with the table of contents.

In addition to the classical hierarchical table of contents, also consider using or adding alternative forms of tables of contents.

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