Re: Multiple Index Entries: Your Input, Please...

Subject: Re: Multiple Index Entries: Your Input, Please...
From: Janice Gelb <janice -dot- gelb -at- sun -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 23:06:39 -0700

Joe Malin wrote:

My standard is to use nouns as index terms, and with two forms that act
as nouns, I prefer the real one over the grammatical one. So Index entry
No. 1 is what I would use.
This is based on the idea that an index that uses


is more granular than


This is a standard I learned on the job. I don't know if it has any
basis in usability research.

I wouldn't include both forms. My expectation is that most users will
look through the index and figure out how it's organized. If the style
of Users > adding is consistently used, the reader will know how to look
up most information.

And, as you say, users is more specific than adding.

Could you explain a little further why "users, adding" is
more granular than "adding, users" and why "users is more
specific than adding"? I'm not sure I understand. Thanks!

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