This update to the first draft version of Paul Thurrott’s Guide to Windows Phone 8 includes a complete table of contents and a few other minor changes.

I have this list of things I’d like to complete for the initial version of the book. One of those things, a Table of Contents, has been added and I felt this was a big enough deal to republish the full book document. Actually, there are two TOCs, a quickie version with just a chapter listing and complete version listing all chapter sections too. Every item in both TOCs is “live” (clickable) so you can immediately navigate to the topic you’re interested in.

On a related note, I wasn’t sure how I was going to handle in-book references. But thanks to a Word feature called “Cross-reference” that works in an exported PDF as well, I’ll be using that. And that means that references in the book (things like “See the section Wallet in Chapter 16 for more information about paying for items on your phone”) will be live/clickable as well. In fact, if you search for that sentence, that’s the one reference in the book that I created for testing purposes, so you can see that it works. Converting all of the references in the book will be tedious and time consuming but, I think, worth it. (I couldn’t do this while writing the book since many of the references were for other chapters—and thus other documents, so the links wouldn’t work—or for things that hadn’t at the time been written yet.)

I also have an Index on my wish list but in investigating this, I suspect that won’t be possible.

More soon.

Feedback is always appreciated.

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