Re: Indexing Help

Subject: Re: Indexing Help
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 08:09:07 -0500

David Castro writ:
>I tend to use the verb when it is highly likely that the end-users
>will look up that word. For example "Printing a report" would be
>indexed under both "Report" and "Printing." But, "Adding a field
>to a report" would only be indexed under "Field" and "Report." I
>refer to it as "indexing _strong_ verbs."

Whether to index verbs depends strongly upon your audience. If your
audience includes many novices, indexing verbs can be a real help. If
novices aren't a big part of your audience, verbs are far less useful.

The product my company makes has a large number of novices in the
audience. So we index the heck out of verbs -- we even index verb
synonyms. So there's adding, creating, defining, and setting up.
There's also changing, modifying, altering, editing, and revising.

This seems to work well for our users.


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