Re: Page ranges in an index

Subject: Re: Page ranges in an index
From: David Knopf <david -at- KNOPF -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 13:38:29 -0700

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| From: Technical Writers List; for all Technical Communication issues
| [mailto:TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU]On Behalf Of Stephen D. Murphy
| Sent: Friday, September 11, 1998 9:47 AM
| To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
| Subject: Page ranges in an index
| Hi Techwrlers,
| I've developing a manual with two-level page numbers in each chapter
| (e.g., the first page in chapter 4 is page 4-1). We're doing this to
| facilitate easy changes to the manual.
| Now, I am building an index (FrameMaker) and I want to indicate a page
| range for some topics. It looks awkward, since there is a dash already
| in the page number. For example:
| "4-1-4-3" to indicate" 4-1 to 4-3"
| I can think of several approaches:
| 1. Don't use ranges (a cop-out)
| 2. Use the word "to" as a separator (awkward and dumb-looking)
| 3. Use an en- or em-dash for the "to" part (doesn't really do the job
| very well)

We always use "to" in this situation. Guess we don't mind being awkward and
dumb-looking! <g>

David Knopf
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