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              1)  What are the Front Matter and Back Matter of a book?
              2)  Proofing the Front Matter
              3)  Match entries in the ToC with the same info in the body of the book
              4)  Proofing the Back Matter


1)  What are the Front Matter and Back Matter of a book?

      »  Front Matter:        all the sections before the "Body of the Book"
          Examples of sections in the Front Matter:

              Title page,  Copyright page,  Table of Contents,
              Dedication page,  Introduction,  Prologue,  Forward


      »  Back Matter:        all the sections after the "Body of the Book"
          Examples of sections in the Back Matter:

              Epilogue,  Afterward,  Appendix,  About the Author,  Conclusion
              Acknowledgments,  Notes,  Works Cited,  Glossary,  Bibliography,  Index


4.2 B. 3. 1_Screenshot showing the components of a book.



2)  Proofing the Front Matter

      A.  Format the heading for any section in the Front Matter as follows:
           16 point font size  +  BOLDING


           Examples of sections in the Front Matter that often have headings:
               Table of Contents,  Introduction,  Prologue,  Forward


      B.  For the Table of Contents, use "Straight text" or a table?
           -  The ToC  (Table of Contents) can be in straight text, or in a Word table.
           -  If in a Word table, make sure the table reads across correctly.


3)  Match entries in the ToC with the same info in the body of the book

      Document Navigation

      Readers using Assistive Technology can only use a Table of Contents to navigate to chapters
      throughout the book if each entry in the Table of Contents matches that same information in the
      body of the book!

      *  Match each chapter number in the Table of Contents (if one exists) with the number of that
         chapter in the body of the book.

      *  Match each chapter title in the Table of Contents (if one exists) with the title of that chapter in
         the body of the book.

      *  Match each page number in the Table of Contents with the page number of that chapter in the
         body of the book.


4)  Proofing the Back Matter

      A.  Format the heading for any section in the Back Matter as follows:
           16 point font size  +  BOLDING


           Examples of sections in the Back Matter that often have headings:
               Epilogue,  Afterward,  Appendix,  About the Author,
               Acknowledgments,  Notes,  Works Cited,  Glossary,  Bibliography,  Index


      B.  Do I proof this particular section in the Back Matter?  Here's a general guideline:
           -  If any one section in the Back Matter is 3 pages or less, please proof it.
           -  If any one section in the Back Matter is longer than 3 pages, proofing that section is optional.

          Example
          A book has a Glossary 3 pages long and an Index 6 pages long.
          We require that only the Glossary be proofed.


         Three things make the proofing of any long section in the Back Matter (such as an Index)
         less desirable:
         1.  Time,
         2.  Modern search functions now find things very quickly, on web pages and other
              documents, and
         3.  The explosion of information available on the internet  (via Google, Wikipedia, etc.).


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