Multiple Index Entries: Your Input, Please...

Subject: Multiple Index Entries: Your Input, Please...
From: "Keith Hansen" <KRH -at- weiland-wfg -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 14:52:32 -0500

Hello all!

I have an indexing question; please give me your opinion.

In many cases, it's possible to have two (or more) index entries that
refer you to the same page. Example:
* Index Entry No. 1: Users, adding to system . . . p. 264
* Index Entry No. 2: Adding users to system . . . p. 264

Here are my questions:

Question No. 1:
* Is one of the above formats considered preferable to the other?
* I prefer Index Entry No. 1 because it starts with the broad category
you are working with (users) and then lists the specific action you are
performing with that category (adding to system).

Question No. 2:
* In a large index (say, dozens of pages), I would probably include both
entries in my index. But what if the index is quite brief (say, five to
10 pages)? Would you still include both entries?
* My view is that when the index is brief, it's easier for the user to
quickly scan the entire contents. Thus, both entries may not be as

Any opinions? Thanks.


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