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At 02:33 AM 9/29/96 +1100, you wrote:
>I've been to the Australian Indexers webpage and have a few ideas of my
>But does anyone have any comments on why someone would use a subject
>index on a cd-rom rather than use a general search?
>It seems obvious to me that a subject index has many advantages but what
> do you think?
This is a controversy that's only going to get worse over time, what with
Web sites and CD-ROMs.
I think it's fairly well established that each approach has its place. The
major advantage to a subject index is that the user can see both subjects
and conceptual structure in one glance. For new users, especially, it's
often important to supply the structure because a list of words doesn't help
On the other hand, I suppose that a CD of chemical terms wouldn't need much
of an index if it was going to graduate students in chemistry. The user
level is high enough that there's little need for subject-structure.
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