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If I give someone the ability to find any word in the text, what else can
they look for?
What else _do_ they look for? Synonyms. You _gotta_ have "see" references.
For example, if some software you are using always calls a reboot either a
"cold start" (turning off then on the machine) or a "warm start" (reboot using
a key sequence), and, for consistency's sake, _never uses the term reboot in
the text, are you suggesting that there be no reference to "reboot" or "boot"
in the index?
This happened to me. I wasted hours searching through the manual, (there were
different things you had to do depending on how you rebooted), and although it
was admittedly also a badly organized manual, I _still_ would have saved a good
deal of time and trouble if there had been a cross-reference in the index.