Re: Ig Nobel documentation

Subject: Re: Ig Nobel documentation
From: "Elisa R. Sawyer" <elisawyer -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2018 17:37:14 -0800

Lest we forget, there's an iconic company that makes buckets of money with
user-friendly indexes. :-)

On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 12:56 PM Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> Like good technical writing, good indexing appears to be as much of an art
> as it is a skill, but it is one that can be learned. "Too much trouble" is
> a value judgement I totally disagree with. It's like saying a manual is too
> much trouble to write well. As long as we live in a complex world, good
> manuals are essential, and a good index is invaluable. Without them, we're
> back to the apprentice system.
>
> <tongue FIRMLY in cheek> Or, in really extreme cases, hoping we can learn
> how to do something new and possibly dangerous without killing ourselves in
> the process. See Castaway or any post-apocalyptic fiction. ;-) </tFic>
>
> On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 1:37 PM Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
> wrote:
>
> > This is likely the popular judgment on indexes: "They are too much
> > trouble
> > to write well, and if created automatically, are not any better than a
> > search mechanism. Nobody expects one any more."
> >
> > On Tue, 23 Oct 2018 13:28:47 -0400, Roberta Hennessey
> > <rahennessey -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> >
> > > 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.
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