Hello, I’ve looked at about a dozen threads in this forum, and it seems there are many ways to get this wrong. I’ve followed the instructions on the guide, chapter 22. I’ve also gone through this hell twice before with other books, successfully years ago. But now it’s been awhile, and it’s still not working as expected.
I don’t have an answer for your compiling problem, but I see a potential error in the table of contents that you can fix before compiling your manuscript.
I think the first entry in the “Setting the stage” chapter should be Foreword, not Forward. A foreword is an introductory note for a book. But if the section title should really be Forward, then ignore this comment.
It looks like tab settings for creating the PDF are either not set, or set incorrectly. I’m not at my computer to research this for you, but check the compile settings for the document holding the TOC for tabs.
which is better, but still not showing chapter names, just chapter numbers.
The compiler shows the ‘section type’ for the preface as ‘front matter’ and as you can see the output is ‘Preface.’ The compiler shows the ‘section type’ for ‘The Pro Era’ as ‘Chapter’ and as you can see the output is ‘Chapter TWO.’
Actually “Chapter Two”. That aside, how does the rest of your work print out? Are the titles at the head of your chapters or “Chapter One”, “Chapter Two”… only?
You have a placeholder at play: “Chapter <$w:chapter>”, which produces “Chapter Two”.
Showing us your Compile Format Designer’s Section Layout for a Layout Name something like Chapter Title might help.
Show us your Formatting and Title Options tabs for the Layout Name option you’ve used.
Also, have you ticked the Title tick box for the relevant Layout Name; that would insert the words Section Title under the Formatting tab and pull in each sequential Binder Title you’ve named and feed it to the TOC when you print.