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The Art of Indexing : Wiley Technical Communication Library - Larry S. Bonura

The Art of Indexing

Wiley Technical Communication Library

Hardcover Published: 23rd March 1994
ISBN: 9780471014492
Number Of Pages: 256

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A step-by-step guide to creating comprehensive and usable technical indexes. Numerous surveys indicate that the most common complaint about technical documents concern a poorly designed index--or the lack of an index altogether! An organized, thoughtful index not only ensures that the contents of your book are accessible, but also increases the value of your book. In The Art of Indexing, professional indexer and editorial consultant Larry Bonura addresses the indexing problems specific to technical documentation and presents practical solutions to those problems. The Art of Indexing shows technical writers, editors, and documentation managers how to chart the topics of their books, reports, and documents and present a concise and accurate map that readers, researchers, libraries, bookstores, and reviewers can use to maximize the usefulness of their book. Step-by-step, The Art of Indexing shows you how to become a better indexer by:<br> * Discussing the function of an index<br> * Showing how to estimate indexing time<br> * Presenting methods for selecting entries and subentries<br> * Reviewing reasons for cross-referencing<br> * Describing how to treat locators<br> * Offering an extensive editing checklist for reviewing indexes<br> * Covering indexing for online documents<br> * Including numerous usability tests for verifying the strength of an index<br> * Containing information on indexing standards<br> * Providing sample indexes and a sample indexing style guide<br> * And much more!

Becoming an Indexer.

Technical Indexes.

Determining Audiences.

Achieving Completeness.

Criteria for a Good Index.

Answering Questions.


Defining Index Elements.

Selecting Topics.

Describing Topics.

Arranging Topics.

Handling Special Cases.

Alphabetizing the Index.


Creating Cross-References.

Working with Locators.

Preparing Index Cards.

Automating the Process.

Creating Master Indexes.


Formatting the Index.

Managing the Index.

Editing the Index.

Testing the Index.

Indexing Tips.


Online Indexing.

Indexing Standards.



See Also.



ISBN: 9780471014492
ISBN-10: 0471014494
Series: Wiley Technical Communication Library
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 23rd March 1994
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 14.38  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1

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