RE: Index vs. Search

Subject: RE: Index vs. Search
From: "Paul Hanson" <phanson -at- Quintrex -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2007 09:01:09 -0500

In my opinion, yes, you need both.

A couple of weeks ago, I added javascript to all of my HTML files that
will highlight the search term. I use yellow, but I think you can make
it whatever color you want.

Last week, I implemented a "Search this Page" button on all my topics,
again using some simple javascript. This will highlight all the
occurrances of the term being searched for - again, I use yellow - on
the page. The user still has to scroll down, but they don't have to read
every word to find out what they want. I did this because my co-worker
had used the 'search the help system' search button, had gotten to the
page she wanted, but had to read everything in order to find the info
she wanted. I thought, "Hmmm, there must be an easier way to do this."
Dave Gash was instrumental in helping me iron out how to implement it.

Paul Hanson
Technical Writer
RoboHelp ACE -
Quintrex Data Systems
email: phanson at

-----Original Message-----
From: Zen C

Does it make sense to have a search function if I have a good index for
web help?

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