Difference between TOC, Cross-reference, and Index
Differences among TOC, Cross-reference, and Index
A table of contents lists all the main chapters, titles, and the page number they start on. It may also list multi-level sub-chapters and descriptions in detail.
A TOC is always contained in Front matter of a book.
A TOC is used to search a particular chapter or sub-chapter in a book.
A TOC is always a sequential list.
A cross-reference is a reference within the text to some other part, preferably on the body or book block.
A Cross-reference is mainly contained in Body.
A Cross-reference is used to search some additional and related information on a topic or word.
A Cross-reference may be simple text reference to some other part, a bookmark, a footnote, an end-note, or a hyperlink (See Also).
An index breaks the book down into many sub-topics and ideas covered in the body of the book, arranged alphabetically and by subject with page numbers.
An Index is always an alphabetically sorted list.
An Index is always contained in Back matter of a book.
An Index is used to search a particular term or jargon in a book