Re: Is Search replacing the TOC and Index?

Subject: Re: Is Search replacing the TOC and Index?
From: "Mark L. Levinson" <nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:56:37 +0300

A good index is by far the best method, because it
can direct the reader to the significant hits for
a word while skipping the insignificant ones; it
can include sub-entries to direct the reader more
precisely to the information desired; and it can
include synonyms that aren't in the body of the book.

Unfortunately, rather than consult an index, users
may prefer to hit the search button a dozen times
and then give up. Maybe indexes bring back unwanted
memories of schoolwork. In addition, an employer
may be tempted for financial reasons to embrace
the belief that an index is a silly luxury.

Mark L. Levinson - nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il

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