I'm currently writing a dissertation in report class. I want to modify the Table of Contents in my document. In fact, I apply the following commands:


So, chapter one in the table of contents is listed as

Chapter 1:   Introduction

What I would like to see is

Chapter First:   Introduction

Seems like an easy enough thing to ask for, but can't seem to find a good way to do this. Any feedback would be most appreciative.

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    Do you want to have, say Chapter First only in the table of contents, or also in the chapter heading? – Bernard Dec 18 '16 at 12:05
  • @Bernard, I want to have "Chapter First:" only in table of contents. – Math-Data Dec 18 '16 at 13:28
  • That's what I feared… ;o) – Bernard Dec 18 '16 at 13:31
  • @Bernard, why? this is difficult? – Math-Data Dec 18 '16 at 13:34
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    \renewcommand{\thechapter}{\thechapter} will of course get TeX in an infinite loop. – Pieter van Oostrum Dec 18 '16 at 15:35

Here is something to start with. It is independent of tocloft, and actually, I don't know how it works with tocloft. By the way, for me "Chapter First" instead of "First Chapter" sounds odd, but in another language this could be the proper order.

     \ifchaptertocline Chapter \Ordinalstringnum{#1}\else#1\fi:\space
  • why using the commands that I mentioned above, the desired result can not be achieved? – Math-Data Dec 18 '16 at 16:46

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