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[O] Index of cases

From: Alan L Tyree
Subject: [O] Index of cases
Date: Sun, 08 Sep 2013 09:07:00 +1000
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I am the author of a legal text of about 700 pages. I currently have the book in LaTeX using the memoir class. A couple of macros define special indexes for a Table of Cases and a Table of Statutes. I would like to move the whole thing to Org to make it easier for my editors who can be easily alarmed by the LaTeX markup.

The LaTeX is overkill since I submit the manuscript to the publisher in a Word file.

Is there a standard way to get, say, the table of cases? A typical "case" looks like this:

    Howell v Coupland (1874) LR 9 QB 462; (1876) 1 QBD 258

The Table of Cases needs to indicate where in the text the case is mentioned; reference to section numbers is OK. So, for example, in the Table of Cases, the above case appears as:

    Howell v Coupland (1874) LR 9 QB 462; (1876) 1 QBD 258  [15.16] [15.25]

Presuming there is not a "standard", I have considered the following procedure:

- maintain a list of cases as I write; I already do this to ensure consistent citation of cases; - use links from the list of cases back into the manuscript to index the places where each case is mentioned in the text.

Does this seem like a reasonable approach, or is there some obviously better way? I am an extreme novice at elisp but can handle some simple jobs.

Any advice greatly appreciated.


Alan L Tyree                    http://www2.austlii.edu.au/~alan
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