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Re: [O] Index of cases

From: Alan L Tyree
Subject: Re: [O] Index of cases
Date: Sun, 08 Sep 2013 15:56:49 +1000
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On 08/09/13 12:05, David Rogers wrote:
Alan L Tyree <address@hidden> writes:


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 

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.

In one sense it would be "nicer" and more writer-friendly if the links
went the other direction; that is, when you refer to a case within the
manuscript, you would always tag it in a way that allows it to be
automatically labelled with the section in which it occurs, and
automatically placed into the index of cases for you. That's a
work-saving ideal that I don't actually know how to achieve. (Further
idealistic ramblings: if for example you were to add a new section
between current sections 6 and 7, it would be nice for the labels in
sections 7 through the end to update themselves "wholesale" without your
needing to change each label individually.)

I was thinking of linking back to the closest headline in the Manuscript. If it was a "plain" line, that is, one with no description, then it would be replaced in the Table of Cases with the number of the headline. Or so I understand from the Manual at section 4.2.

But, if the TOC is a plain text file, then I'm not sure. If it is an org file, then following a link looks for matching headlines. Not sure what I am doing!

Thanks for the input.


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