Re: Page ranges in indexes: Do you use them?

Subject: Re: Page ranges in indexes: Do you use them?
From: "Jan C. Wright" <jancw -at- wrightinformation -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2002 14:34:14 -0600

There aren't very many ways to make page ranging index entries go faster in Frame, other than splitting your entries in IxGen to make sure you have all the begin and end entries tagged and matched. It is indeed tedious, and no way around it. It's pretty tedious in Word, too. I think it does make a difference, though - if you don't use them, readers no longer know where the "main" discussion is, or the most in-depth discussion.

The only time I don't use them is when a manual will be single-sourced into online help -- then I design the index to work in help and abandon page ranging. But with single-sourcing, not much you can do -- using page ranges would mean topics broken out from a larger section may not pick up the indexing they need to be found online. The first topic might hold the indexing, and subsequent smaller break-outs might not. Unless cross-referencing happens within the topic to lead to the rest, they become invisible to the index. So the indexing is done differently, and no ranging is done.


At 11:27 AM 6/12/2002 -0700, Salan Sinclair wrote:

Do you use page ranges in indexes?

I have indexed for several years in Word, but have never bothered with page

I realized indexing should have page ranges.

I am now using Frame and doing page ranges in Frame seems very laborious,
even with the IXGen indexing plug-in. It doubles or triples the effort,
because the entries are so hard to review.

I wonder how many other people choose do to an index without page ranges.
I'd rather see a good index without ranges than a poor index with them or no
index at all.

Salan Sinclair
Principal, WordClarity Document Solutions

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