In this article, we review how to navigate an interactive book using visual navigation, the table of contents and/or page forward and page back buttons, as well as how to perform a search within an interactive parts catalog.
How to Navigate to a Book
Users have three (3) options to navigate an interactive parts book:
- Browse the book's table of contents ("TOC") tiles visually in the book viewer
- Click on the TOC button to launch the book's table of contents to browse the book's contents
- Once a chapter and/or page within a book has been selected, users can utilize the forward or backward buttons to navigate to the next or previous chapter or page, respectively.
By default, the table of contents may be opened or collapsed to honor the user's 'Initial State of Table of Contents’ preference setting (Account > Settings > Preferences).
The only exception to this preference is when a book is opened when a search results is found in its pages. In this case, the TOC will automatically open to show the user which pages were returned as search results.
The Dynamic Table of Contents
In Documoto, a book's table of contents is dynamic. In other words, the TOC follows the user's action within the book.
For example, if a user opts to browse a book's table of contents tiles visually, as they drill into the book, by selecting chapters and/or pages, the TOC will dynamically follow these actions and reflect where in the book the user has navigated to.
For example, if a user opens the 'Engine & Fuel Tank Section' chapter tile, and then clicks the TOC button, the Table of Contents will automatically open to where the user is within the book.
Initially, when a book's table of contents is opened, it will be fully expanded. In other words, all chapters, sub-chapters, etc. and pages will be open and viewable. Chapters are indicated by carrots, or arrows, pointing down. Pages are listed beneath their respective chapter and indented on the left.
Users can select the the Expand All or Collapse All buttons to expand or collapse all chapters, respectively.
A specific chapter can be collapsed by clicking on the carrot to the left of the chapter name. Once collapsed, the chapter will remain collapsed, as long as the user remains within that book.
Once a chapter or page within the book has been selected, users can utilize the forward or backwards buttons to navigate to the next or previous chapter or page.
Note: if the user is in the Book Viewer and has not selected a
chapter or a page, the forward and backwards buttons will
not be displayed.
In general, the forward button will take the user to the next available chapter or page and back should take the user to the previous page or chapter in the TOC.
If the user is viewing the first page of a book, the previous button will be unavailable (grayed out). Conversely, if the user is viewing the last page of a book, the next button will be unavailable (grayed out).
How to Search the Table of Contents
Users can perform a search within a book using the table of content's search bar. To execute a search, simply enter a keyword, part number, etc. and click the magnifying glass icon or click enter on your keyboard.
The count to the left of the TOC button will indicate the number of results matching the keyword.
The count to the right of the search bar will also indicate the number of results matching the keyword.
If the search term is found within the book, Documoto will automatically open to the first instance, selecting the page within the TOC and/or highlighting the bill of materials row.
If there are additional matching results, users can view them by clicking on the forward or back arrows to the left of the TOC magnifying glass icon.
Alternatively, users can browse or scroll through the TOC to view matching results. Any chapter(s) that matches the search term, or contains page(s) that match the search term, will be indicated with a colored arrow to the left of the chapter name. Any page(s) that match the search term will have an indicator bar on the left.
Note that the search results will remain indicated, until the
user performs a new search within the book or leaves the book.