To generate a table of contents dynamically with jQuery, you can use jQuery to traverse the HTML structure, identify heading elements, and create a list of links that point to those headings. Here's a step-by-step guide to achieving this:

HTML Structure: Assume you have the following HTML structure for your content:

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<div id="content"> <h1>Heading 1</h1> <p>Content for Heading 1</p> <h2>Heading 2</h2> <p>Content for Heading 2</p> <h2>Heading 3</h2> <p>Content for Heading 3</p> <!-- More headings and content --> </div> <div id="table-of-contents"> <ul> <!-- Table of contents will be generated here --> </ul> </div>

JavaScript (jQuery) Code: Now, use jQuery to dynamically generate the table of contents:

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<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.6.0.min.js"></script> <script> $(document).ready(function() { // Select the headings inside the content div var headings = $('#content').find('h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6'); var tocList = $('#table-of-contents ul'); headings.each(function(index) { // Create a unique ID for each heading element var headingId = 'toc-heading-' + index; $(this).attr('id', headingId); // Create a list item for the table of contents with a link to the heading var tocItem = $('<li><a href="#' + headingId + '">' + $(this).text() + '</a></li>'); // Adjust the indentation based on the heading level (h1, h2, h3, etc.) var indentation = parseInt($(this).prop('tagName').slice(1)) - 1; tocItem.css('padding-left', indentation * 20 + 'px'); // Append the list item to the table of contents tocList.append(tocItem); }); }); </script>

In this script:

  1. We use $(document).ready() to ensure the DOM is ready before manipulating it with jQuery.
  2. We select all heading elements (h1, h2, h3, etc.) inside the #content div using $('#content').find('h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6').
  3. For each heading, we create a unique ID using an index (headingId) and set it as the id attribute of the heading element using $(this).attr('id', headingId). This ID will be used as an anchor in the table of contents links.
  4. We create a list item (tocItem) for each heading with a link to the corresponding heading using $('...').
  5. We calculate the indentation of each list item based on the heading level (h1, h2, h3, etc.) and adjust the left padding accordingly.
  6. We append each list item to the table of contents (tocList) using tocList.append(tocItem).

Now, when the page loads, the table of contents will be dynamically generated based on the headings inside the #content div. Clicking on the links in the table of contents will scroll to the respective heading in the content.

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