RE: Is a bad index better than no index?

Subject: RE: Is a bad index better than no index?
From: "Keith Soltys" <keith -at- soltys -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 23 May 2001 09:56:24 -0400

I'd rather see even a poor index than no index at all, especially in a
500-page document.

Assuming you are using FrameMaker, you should really take a look at IXgen.
This tool can help you get started by building an index from headings or
keywords that you suuply; you can then generate an editable index list and
modify it very quickly. It will save you vast amounts of time and make it
much easier to revise your index. You may then find that you have more time
to imprrove your indexing skills and the quality of the index. You can
download an evaluation copy from


... snip ...
> Anyway, my question is, is it better to create an index that
> isn't great (due
> to my lack of an indexer's skill), or to leave the document without one?
...nsip ...

> -David Castro
> email -at- davidcastro -dot- com

Keith Soltys
keith -at- soltys -dot- ca
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