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

Subject: Re: IX-nay (was RE: About Responsibility and Fault)
From: dmbrown -at- brown-inc -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2003 12:22:16 -0700


Watson Laughton wrote:
>
> OK, what is the difference between a concordance and an index?

An index is an alphabetical listing of all the *concepts* contained in the document. Terms in the index need not appear in the book--the best indexes include synonyms under which a reader might try to find information covered in the book by another term. For example, someone might look for "trash man" or "garbage collector" in a book about municipal careers, in which those jobs are described by the term "sanitation engineer." The index would also include permutations like "engineer, sanitation."

A concordance is an alphabetical listing of words and phrases that actually appear in the document. Using the same example, a concordance would contain only "sanitation engineer"--if you looked for "garbage collector" or "trash man" you'd never know the job was included in the book. It wouldn't contain "engineer, sanitation" because that string doesn't appear in the text of the document.

See the article "Why Create an Index?" on our web site for a short but thorough comparison.

--David

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