Re: Looking for classes in indexing

Subject: Re: Looking for classes in indexing
From: Monique Semp <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2018 12:20:10 -0700

Really old, but I have printout of an article from the October 2012 STC
Intercom magazine that I found quite useful: The Top 10 Indexing Errors
Made by Technical Writers, by Lorne Griffith. I imagine it wouldn't be
too hard to find online. (And if it is, you can ping me and I'd be
happy to scan it and send the PDF.)
And I second Lin's comments around the idea that digital search does
not take the place of a good, human-produced index. For example, if the
text says, "remove", but I search for "delete", I'll never find it. But
in a manually-produced index, I'd expect to see an entry for "delete"
that says, "see remove".
I was a member of ASI for many years even though, like Lin, the only
things I indexed were tech docs that I wrote. But I thought of doing
more (until I found how low the pay was for how much work it would take
to write a really excellent, vs. mediocre, index), and I liked the
erudite discussions among the REAL indexers.
It is unfortunate that ASI seems to require membership to take their
courses. Maybe a personal note to them to ask for an exception might
work? I did look at their webinars page, and those seem generally
available to non-members, although the topics are mostly pretty
narrowly focused to a given tool or a given indexing focus. See
The Portland chapter of ASI lists a bunch of non-ASI indexing courses:
[2] Perhaps other chapters (don't
recall where you are, so not sure if there's an active chapter near
you) have similar lists of resources.
And here's a nice list of resources, including email discussion lists,
but a lot of it is geared to people wanting to have their own indexing
business. But of course, the email discussion lists would be useful for
all indexers. See
And my last list on this listicles reply:
[4] - lots of training
and all sorts of resources.
(Yes, I like the subject of indexing!)


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