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>>I would think that including the multi-document index in each book could
>>also create problems for updates... what if only the programmers manual
>>changes, but not any of the others? You would have to replace the guides
>>at least the indexes) in each book even if nothing else in them changed.
Reference book publishers solve this by having the index independent of the
volumes when going to print, and also by only updating the entire index on a
For example, 1.0 contains all the latest indexes in all the individual
titles, but, when only the programmers' guide is updated in 1.1, only the
programmers' guide contains the most up-to-date index.
Of course, an online shared index can be updated regularly.