In the parent document, I have a section titled "Appendices" listing all of its children. But I have no idea what to name the callback to the parent in the child.

Is there an official-ish word for what I'm referring to?

  • Appendices almost never refer back to a so-called parent. Mainly because appendices are often called from multiple locations in the main document (at least in technical documents), so there is seldom a 1-1 relationship. The only thing that would normally have a 1-1 relationship between something in the main document and a note at its end would be an endnote. (But the same so-called parent of an endnote also has no name—other than, generically I suppose, the referrer.) Aug 28, 2019 at 0:13
  • @JasonBassford That makes sense. Unfortunately in this case there is a somewhat 1:1 relationship. What I have is a main document (002) with multiple children (002a, 002b, 002c, etc).
    – colemars
    Aug 28, 2019 at 4:19
  • I would say "intestines".
    – Hot Licks
    Sep 28, 2019 at 1:21
  • It’s unclear what you’re describing. The terms you use have established meanings that don’t seem to fit well in what you’ve written.
    – Lawrence
    Sep 28, 2019 at 5:05

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According to Merriam-Webster:

"a list... arranged usually in alphabetical order of some specified datum"

source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/index

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