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Chapter 9. Indexing

Chapter 9. Indexing

Indexes have one chief purpose in documents: to provide the reader of a document with a systematic arrangement of key concepts and terms that enable the reader to locate specific information in that document. An index typically serves as a guide, extracting particular words or subjects from the document content and presenting that information in an alphabetized format, with page(s) on which each item is mentioned.

A good index can make or break a book. As the author, you might have the urge to index too many words or not enough. With multiple words referring to one concept and one word referring to multiple concepts, well, you can see how complicated indexing can get.

How you go about selecting key terms and concepts for indexing, as well as the formatting style used, is your choice. In this chapter, you discover how to make FrameMaker’s indexing features work for you. You learn how to create a variety of index entries, as well as how to control the structure and format of the index list after it’s created. You also learn how to solve some common mishaps along the way.


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