RE: Indexing style refs

Subject: RE: Indexing style refs
From: "Anita Legsdin" <anita -dot- legsdin -at- watchmark -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2003 10:38:08 -0700

Isn't the purpose of an index to provide synonyms? 20 people reading documentation will think of 20 different words for the same concept when they consult the index. (Or am I missing the point?)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Downing, David [SMTP:DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com]
> Sent: Monday, August 04, 2003 9:09 AM
> Subject: RE: Indexing style refs
> Well, I have a suggestion inspired by my former days as a technical services librarian. I suggest you put together what they call a "controlled vocabulary." This is a list of terms that serves as an authority. Anyone constructing an index must used only terms on this list. The list will no-doubt be updated often, but there should be a list in existence at all times. This will prevent 20 different people from using 20 different synonymous terms for the same concept.


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