Re: ranges in index entries

Subject: Re: ranges in index entries
From: Sue Ellen Adkins <sea -at- best -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 9 Mar 2002 16:10:10 -0800

By providing a range, you are giving the reader an indication of the length of the discussion on the topic. As someone mentioned, a range tells the reader where to find a significant discussion of the topic.

Where does the link take the reader? If the discussion goes from page 47-62, it should take the reader to page 47. If subtopics are discussed within that page range, they should also have index entries.

sue ellen

At 2:10 PM -0800 3/8/02, dmbrown -at- brown-inc -dot- com wrote:

Jason Willebeek-LeMair wrote:

I wonder if the problem is that ranges will not work across HTML docs.

I'm not exactly disagreeing with this point, but ranges don't make much sense in a hypertext environment anyway. For example, conside an index entry like this:

terriers 47-62

If the range "47-62" is a single link, where does it go? I guess if they're in a single file, you could somehow highlight or select the range, but you still only *go* to one location. (Also, if the range is large, the selection is pretty ungainly. If the range is small enough to fit in a reasonable window, you might as well just jump to the beginning and let them read.)

If "47" and "62" are separate links, it's really "47, 62". You might as well present it that way.

Most important, though, what do page numbers actually mean in HTML?


David M. Brown - Brown Inc.
dmbrown -at- brown-inc -dot- com


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RE: ranges in index entries: From: Jason Willebeek-LeMair
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