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.

-----Original Message-----
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
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.

John Posada, Merck Research Laboratories
Sr Technical Writer, WinHelp and html
(work) john_posada -at- merck -dot- com - 732-594-0873
(pers) jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com - 732-291-7811
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