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Julie Stickler noted:
> Indexing doesn't need to take a lot of time. When I wrote my first
> manual (which weighed in at about 400 pages) I spent two days building
> and tweaking the index. And it doesn't have to be perfect right away.
> I plan two or three days for indexing a project, be it a manual or a
> help system. I usually do my indexing during that couple of days
> when the docs are out for review and I'm waiting for edits and
> comments to come back.
I didn't quite know what to make of that remark. Then I realized: two
In the days when my docs for a product release are out for review, I'm
doing the docs for a couple of other products that are at different
points in their schedules, planning the next several near-term release
schedules (the document part thereof), and attending various meetings.
I do what I can, when I can, to ensure that the index is more than just
a concordance, but I remember the "old days" when I actually worked for
days (here and there) to make a document's index:
I wonder how many Whirlers have actual planned gaps in projects where
they aren't working on different stages of several other projects,
simultaneously or in tightly interleaved fashion.
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