• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Chapter 14. Indexing > Checking the Size of the Index

Checking the Size of the Index

After you have edited the index, compare the size of the index with the size of the document. Although the index size is not an indication of its quality, an index that is too small for the size of the document is suspicious and might indicate serious omissions.

A minimum length for an index is one page of index entries for every 20 pages of text, or about one index entry for every 100 words of text. This can be considered a “5 percent” index. For dense technical material, however, this guideline is too low. For a dense technical manual, try to provide one page of index entries for every 10 pages of text, which can be considered a “10 percent” index.


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint