Re: Ig Nobel documentation

Subject: Re: Ig Nobel documentation
From: Roberta Hennessey <rahennessey -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2018 13:28:47 -0400

I am with you on all counts Lin. A good index is invaluable. First place I
go.

Bobbi

On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 11:54 AM Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> People still index! At my current company, any document over about 20 pages
> (not including covers, TOCs, generated lists and legal stuff) gets an
> index. This is a first for me, and I've been enjoying learning how to
> create a (hopefully) good index.
>
> On a personal basis, if a PDF document has an index, that's the first place
> I look if I'm trying to find information. TOC is second. Searching is
> third.
>
> On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 11:25 AM Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:
>
> > If you're referring to printed matter intended to provide
> > instructions for end users, has been for some time, superseded by
> > printed matter intended to provide legal CYA for product liability.
> > Consumer products that contain tech have largely moved to embedded
> > help.
> >
> > Behind the scenes and "under the hood," tech writing is alive and
> > well. My current computer came with a single glossy "Getting Started"
> > card and a pile of safety notices, but when I went looking on the
> > manufacturer's website I was able to download the 70+ page service
> > manual, an old-fashioned "book" PDF complete with a cover and a TOC.
> >
> > I'm presently working on a Preventive Maintenance manual for a
> > semiconductor fab tool. 600+ pages. The Operator Manual for the same
> > tool is 280+ pages.
> >
> > One thing that does seem to be dead and buried everywhere I've been
> > for years now is indexing. With most docs going to PDF or web only
> > delivery, Acrobat search seems to have taken the place of an index for
> > a lot of documentation. I wonder how long it will be before the
> > bookmarks pane kills the TOC.
> >
> > Gene Kim-Eng
> >
> >
> > On Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 5:28 AM Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > Traditional tech writing is now fully obsolete
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References:
Ig Nobel documentation: From: Sion Lane
Re: Ig Nobel documentation: From: Peter Neilson
Re: Ig Nobel documentation: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Ig Nobel documentation: From: Lin Sims

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