Re: FrameMaker Indexing

Subject: Re: FrameMaker Indexing
From: Barb Philbrick <caslonsvcs -at- IBM -dot- NET>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 1997 20:14:35 GMT

>The old WordPerfect (I'm not up on the current release of this software)
>had a much superior method. You could create a "concordance" file--a
>separate file with just a list of index words. WordPerfect would compare
>this file against the doc file (if you had Master/Sub documents, then to
>all files) and build the index. How I wish Frame had something like this...
I'm glad it doesn't. There is nothing worse for the reader than a
concordance (except possibly no index at all, but it's a close call).
It is incredibly frustrating to look up fifteen instances of a word
that is simply mentioned on a page.

A well-done index includes words that are not included in the book at
all ("template - see style sheet") and variations on phrases
("American robin," "robin, American" - the index in Peterson's Field
Guide doesn't include these kinds of items and it drives me nuts).
Yes, it's boring, time-consuming, and tedious, but it's hardly worth
doing if you don't do it well.

Not that I'm opinionated about this or anything -

Barb
Barbara Philbric, Caslon Services Inc.

TECHWR-L (Technical Communication) List Information: To send a message
to 2500+ readers, e-mail to TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU -dot- Send commands
to LISTSERV -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU (e.g. HELP or SIGNOFF TECHWR-L).
Search the archives at http://www.documentation.com/ or search and
browse the archives at http://listserv.okstate.edu/archives/techwr-l.html


Previous by Author: Re: A contracting season
Next by Author: Re: Document Numbering
Previous by Thread: Re: FrameMaker Indexing
Next by Thread: Re: FrameMaker Indexing


What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads


Sponsored Ads