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How do i use multiple alphabetic indexes for formating a "Writ of Certiorari" to SCOTUS?

asked 2019-02-15 05:52:16 +0200

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I helped a friend format his "Writ of Certiorari" to SCOTUS. Not sure if LibreOffice has been used for this before, but i had some difficulties with making the tables of cases and table of statutes and misc authorities comply with the formatting rules. I gave up on figuring it out in a single odt. I had to create multiple copies of the same content and then copy and paste the separate alphabetical index tables into a master copy.

Is there a better way or something i missed?

Ex: Sekhar v. United States -

pdf scan of writ:

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Please make the question more self-contained: i.e., it must not rely on others knowing some country's body's rules, or doing own research to understand what exactly your problem is. You should state clearly, possibly with screenshots, which element you are creating, how it is actually created, and what is the difference regarding the intended result. A sample ODF document is also important.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-02-15 07:02:17 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-02-15 09:41:22 +0200

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Unfortunately, there is a single alphabetical index in Writer. User-defined "indexes" behave like a table of contents, i.e. entries are listed in order of appearance in main text (not alphabetically) and therefore identical entries are not merged into a single line with a list of page numbers.

However, with some restrictions in layout of indexes you can cheat to give the illusion of several alphabetical indexes.

I have absolutely no idea of what SCOTUS format looks like. I went superficially on the mentioned link and it seems to me that the cases, statutes and misc indexes are contiguous. If this assertion holds true, then the single index can be formed with three subparts, but these parts may not be listed in the intended order.

Cheat trick no. 1

Usually, index entries are entered "as is": the word(s) make up the key. You mau have noticed that when you Insert>TOCs &Indexes>Index entry, the dialog prompts for up to 3 keys: entry, 1st key and 2nd key. Enter your to-be-indexed term(s) into entry and the "categpry" as Cases, Statutes or Misc. into 1st key.

When you generate your index, you'll end up with 3 main words (the "categories") with dependent term alphabetically sorted beneath.

To format your index to your liking, modify paragraph styles Index 1 for the "categories" and Index 2 for the entries.

Cheat trick no. 2

Your categories are listed alphabetically as Cases, Misc. and Statutes. Usually, we prefer that Misc. be listed last. To force this ordering, add a space before Cases and Statutes. If your index is long enough, Misc. will be sufficiently apart from the others so that the (lack of) extra space will not be noticeable.

My workaround assumes you are familiar with styles and does not dig into details.

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