RE: Indexes

Subject: RE: Indexes
From: "Susan Ahrenhold" <sahrenhold -at- winspc -dot- com>
To: "'John Posada'" <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>, "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2000 15:21:27 -0500

Indexes aren't "a section of the book to find a section
of the book"
rather, they are alternate representations of the information
structure presented in the book, with
intelligent preselected free text search information
provided for free.

Can't beat 'em.

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From: bounce-techwr-l-28189 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-28189 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com]On Behalf Of John Posada
Sent: Friday, March 24, 2000 2:03 PM
To: TECHWR-L
Cc: TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: What sayest me... on Worthless TC Degrees


oh, BOY!!! is this going to get a reaction, but...

> it was my minor on my master's. Good indexing is one
> of my hot spots. If a
> reference book does not have a good index, it's
> worthless as far as locating
> information. When I am forced to use the software

An index is only that useful when the content of the
book itself is so bad that it doesn't make sense.

How is needing a section of the book to find a section
of the book a good thing.

Don't get me wrong...indexes are important...only
because books are structured so poorly. If the book
was arranged well, the index wouldn't be needed.

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John Posada, Merck Research Laboratories
Sr Technical Writer, WinHelp and html
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