TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:Multiple indexes From:Jonathan Price <jonprice -at- AOL -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 31 Mar 1994 15:45:13 EST
Yea, I hate multiple indexes too. On the other hand, I like an index with
hierarchy-two to four levels. As we move to indexes online, in which each
reference is a button linked to a single location in the hypertext
environment, we are forced to rewrite each entry to reveal why it's different
from the others. That's a challenge. It often forces the indexer to
recognize that, really, this is a dud entry; or, actually, it's in the wrong
place. I think online indexes are going to be forced to be better (more
thought out, better written, more comprehensible) than text ones.