Example advice on creating books (Read Me First!)

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The purpose of this page(s) is to give you some ideas on how to create a book for the web site.

Books are a heirarchy -- think of them like your file system.

At the top you have the "root" -- the book's title. Once you create a new book title you can the create as many web pages "below" that title as you want to.

In addition to web pages created "below" (meaning in vertical depth) the root, pages can also spread out horizontally. Again, think of the book's structure as synonomous to your computer's file system.

Here's a rule of thumb:

Book titles should only be created for something "longer" than, say, 5 or 10 web pages. (Unlike this "book". Smile

If we create many "books" each with only one or two pages, our "bookshelf" will become cluttered and chaotic. Instead, just create one or two regular web pages and use a link between them.)

So, let's assume you've decided to start a project on a topic that'll be 10 or 15 or more pages in length -- great, thanks!

The first thing to do is to give it a unique title. Short, plain, and descriptive is what you're aiming for here.

Set the "Parent:" to "<top-level>".

You're free to do what you want in the "Categories" section. You can select no Categories, one Category, or more than one Category (use the Ctrl key like anf normal web page).

The Categories are used to help others accurately categorize and find conten later. Just select whatever Categories are appropriate.

Think of the first page when you create a new book as your title page -- do whatever's appropriate.

To add additional pages to a book, just click on the "add child page" link (see the example below). Since your "child pages" can also have child pages of their own, you're free to create you book in any way you want to.

One final note:

Don't create "test" book pages. Once you create a page you may edit your page but you cannot delete your page.