Indexing: A Practical Guide for Technical Writers is a nuts-and-bolts guide to indexing. It explains in plain language and by example exactly how to index any type of print or online publication quickly, easily, and effectively. The sequential indexing method presented in the book has been battle-tested in high pressure publishing organizations in a variety of high-tech industries over the space of a decade. Because it is based on real-world success, this indexing method is bulletproof. Users of this guide will succeed as an indexer. Unlike other books on the subject, this book is focused on readers, not the subject itself. The book speaks directly to highly practical and often anti-academic technical writers who demand usability, reusability, and reliability. It is geared to people with ""Keep It Simple, Stupid"" signs on their cubicle walls. Proven end-user documentation techniques are employed to present proven indexing methods to readers who themselves develop end-user documentation for a living. They have zero tolerance for academic white papers on indexing. So, the book delivers the hard facts.


Technical writers throughout the world, including members of the Society of Technical Communication (STC). Any writer within the technical communication field. Students in professional writing programs will also benefit greatly.

Table of Contents

About Indexing Anyone Can Index Indexers Are Made, Not Born Indexing Does Not Have to Be Painful Nothing Succeeds Like Success Sequential Indexing Separating Content from Format Keeping Your Sanity Usable Indexes Increase Profits Usable Documentation Improves Products Usable Products Sell Start Indexing Index Chapters Index Procedures Index Topics Index Product Names Index Product Components Index Front and Back Matter Edit Your Index Create ""See"" References Create ""See Also"" References Test Your Index Indexing Guidelines Abbreviations Acronyms Articles Back Matter Capitalization Cross-References Front Matter Interface Components Keyboard Shortcuts Master Indexing Nesting Page Ranges Prepositions Procedures Product Names Scheduling ""See"" References ""See Also"" References Sorting System Messages Tools Topics


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About the author

Kurt Ament

Affiliations and Expertise

Infotektur (Germany), former Hewlett Packard & Boeing


"Ament gives good advice on how to approach the task of indexing..." - Leanne Sullivan, The Editorial Eye (September 2001)