I'm writing a moderately large reference work using memoir. As it falls naturally into parts by audience, I'd like to include partial tables-of-contents, by part.
I have managed to get my head round minitoc, which now appears to be working well with memoir. At this stage, I need and would welcome opinions on possible layouts and how to achieve them. This is a
twoside document, in which I'm facing four choices:
- The "standard" way: Part page on recto, blank verso, Part contents on next recto, first Chapter on next recto
- The "standard, less wasteful" way: Part page on recto, Part contents on next verso, first Chapter on next recto
- The "compact" way: Part page on recto, Part contents on same recto below the part title
- The "inverted" way Part page on recto, Part contents on previous verso (facing the part title)
By tweaking the parameters, I've managed to do all of these, and the one I like best is the inverted one. It takes advantage of an otherwise wasted page; it doesn't distract from the flow; and it's there if you need it.
There is, however, a poisonous interaction with
\mainmatter, which does a
\cleardoublepage; this in turn compounds with my
cleartoverso to provide a minimum of two blank pages before the first Part. I can avoid this by removing
\mainmatter, but I'm not sure this is a good idea.
A second choice is the compact one. The partial toc is small enough to fit after the part title (though it needs some tweaking of
beforepartskip to stop the title text bobbing up and down on the page).
I'd like to hear arguments in favour of, or against, my preference (or any of the options described), and/or ideas for solving the
Following lockstep's answer, I can see more merit in the compact choice, with a page-number-less parttoc.
Final answer: I have accepted lockstep's answer. I'm using the compact option, but with page numbers. Thanks, lockstep!