Re: Indexing Help

Subject: Re: Indexing Help
From: Laurel Nelson <Laurel_Y_Nelson -at- NOTES -dot- SEAGATE -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 12:17:48 -0500

Michelle Corbin asked:
What are other people's thoughts about nouns versus verbs and which
deserves more of the "primary" focus?

Like you, Michelle, I focus on the nouns rather than the verbs. Putting in
verb synonyms is time consuming and they make the index too long.

Also for online Help, I use a couple of other techniques that MicroSoft
uses, which make the online index easier to read and shorter--nothing is
capitalized except for company names, product names, and acronyms, and all
verbs are presented in the plural form, which eliminates the need for

For example, Gina's topic (Associating a Model With a Category) would have
the following index entries:

associating models with categories
categories, associating models with
models, associating with categories

All of these entries would be available under the screen name and also by
themselves within the index.


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