RE: IX-nay (was RE: About Responsibility and Fault)

Subject: RE: IX-nay (was RE: About Responsibility and Fault)
From: MList -at- chrysalis-its -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 14:32:47 -0400

John Posada [mailto:JPosada -at- book -dot- com] said:

> >When you hit those kinds of constraints, especially
> >if you are a contractor and don't have "leisure" time
> >between deadlines (ok, everybody stop laughing...),
> >would it be fair to say that things like real indexes
> >are one of the first things to go?
> First to go? They never come. Sorry, but I don't index my
> documentation.
> Ever.
> My users are fine with keyword text and Boolean searching

Some of us still write docs that are meant to be printed.

I had not been indexing, but when a User Guide reached 400
pages, I thought the lack was becoming a sore spot. The first
pass took nearly a week -- in sharp contrast to some people's
claims that it should take hours or a day-or-two. A mere
concordance wasn't going to cut it.

On the other hand, I think that anything up to 100 pages
that's well organized and is well-served by the ToC, can
probably do without an index.

Hey, your spell-checker reversed my bad pun -- I originally
transposed "liesure", and then left it when I saw that it
implied that I thought "leisure" was a lie, even for us
captive employee types.


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