Working with the Book Outline

Select administer > content > books (admin/node/book) to see an overview of all the books. Clicking the outline link for any of the books will bring you to a page that details the hierarchical structure of that book, including all of the book pages and other content types that have been added to the outline, as shown in Figure 3-1.

Book: top-level list books list orphan pages

Book: top-level list books list orphan pages

Title

Weight

Operations

Book: top-level

o

0|

view

edit

delete

Page 1

1

0|

view

edit

delete

Sub page 1

1

HI

view

edit

delete

Sub page Z

I

HI

view

edit

delete

Page 2

I

HI

view

edit

delete

Page 3

^

HI

view

edit

delete

Page A

Ï

HI

view

edit

delete

Save book pages |

Figure 3-1. The book outline

Besides providing an overview of the book hierarchy, the outline view offers a convenient way to adjust the weights for the various content nodes so that they are in the desired order. The additional link orphan pages (admin/node/book/orphan) will identify any nodes that were once children in the book outline but now have no parent because the parent node was deleted.

Where the Book module really starts to display its power is with content node types other than book pages. With the Book module enabled, you can add any content type to the book outline. For users who have the Create Book Pages permission, all content nodes will have a new Outline tab, which they can use to add that node to a book outline. Furthermore, any node that is in the book outline will have an add child page link, which makes a book page a descendent from the current page in the book hierarchy. These tools can be used to organize all of the content on your site into logical groups and hierarchies that can be navigated sequentially using the previous and next links.

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