TOCMonkey Adds A Table Of Contents At Any Web page
By on January 20th, 2010

TOCMonkey is a Greasemonkey script for Firefox users, which creates a table of contents at any web page. This enhances page navigation, and users can find information easily on any website.

How to use TOCMonkey?

To use TOCMonkey, you need to install the Greasemonkey add-on for Firefox first. Once you have this add-on, install TOCMonkey from developer Zoran’s site. After installing TOCMonkey, you can use it on any web page to generate a table of contents. You need to run the User Script command to generate the table of contents.

Run user script command to generate TOC

To execute the command, right click on the monkey icon at status bar and select User Script Commands > TOCMonkey: Add Table Of Contents from the menu (see above screenshot). Now, you will notice a small semi-transparent button at the top-right corner of the page with label TOC.   Hover the mouse over the button and a Wikipedia style table of contents will appear.

TOC at Techie Buzz homepage

Techie Buzz Verdict

Certainly, TOCMonkey increase readability of web pages but it is not the perfect solution yet. It uses heading tags (h1, h2 etc.) to generate TOC, hence it may not perform well on some pages.

Techie Buzz Rating: 2/5

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Author: Arpit Kumar
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  • Bill Heyes

    I've tried the script and found it very useful. It does what it says, and does it well. Your rating (2 out of 5) is definitely not an adequate one. And your explanation for the rating, that "it is not the perfect solution yet" because "it uses heading tags (h1, h2 etc.) to generate TOC", is quite flimsy, too. A TOC is generated from headings by definition, and that's exactly what the script does. True, it is not a general navigation tool, but neither does it claim to be one.

    • Arpit

      Thanks Bill for your comment. Unfortunately, TOCMonkey looks for heading tags only. I don't expect more from a greasemonkey script! I am yet to discover something which uses "semantics" to generate TOC. :|

      • Bill Heyes

        Semantics? That's your reference for a 5/5 rating of a TOC generator tool?

        Whew! I mean, we're talking software that actually understands the language of the article here. Not that I wouldn't like to have such a tool, but that's… way off reality I'd say.

        To use headings for the TOC is current state of the art, that a fact, and it will remain a fact for a while (no matter what wonders we may dream of).

        My point was that a rating should be given within the category (or "league" if you want to) of the rated item. Giving it a 2 because it doesn't do what's not been even invented yet is unfair.

 
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