Re: FrameMaker Indexing

Subject: Re: FrameMaker Indexing
From: Peter Gold <pgold -at- NETCOM -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 1997 15:54:53 -0700

On Wed, 30 Apr 1997, Dennis Hays wrote:

> FrameMaker's view of the world, as to indexing, is somewhat archaic. That
> the user is forced to "mark" each occurrence of a word, is quite time
> consuming and also boring. Other than Frame's ability to create "leveled'
> index categories, this indexing method is not the best.>

Some schools of indexing think that the abstracting of information is
what makes an index more useful than just pointing to the page that a
word appears on. "Safety precautions, 3, 8, 26" for example may point to
topcis that aren't identified by the heading "Safety precautions," but
are about safety precautions in some pertinent way.

The tug is between indexing concrete and the abstract. Pick what works
best for your users and readers.


Regards,
Peter Gold
pgold -at- netcom -dot- com

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