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Chapter 14. Indexing > Creating an Index

Creating an Index

A document needs an index if it has 20 or more pages. This rule applies to any type of document, from a user’s guide to a technical reference manual.

Indexing is an iterative process. Your first pass at an index is merely the foundation on which to build your final index. The first pass will be full of similar primary entries that you need to divide into secondary entries. When you first develop your index, you might introduce spelling errors and have incomplete page ranges in individual entries. Such errors can be corrected during the editing phase. See “Refining and Checking an Index” on page 263 for possible solutions.


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