A Nuts-and-Bolts Guide for Technical Writers

1st Edition - June 19, 2001

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  • Author: Kurt Ament
  • eBook ISBN: 9780815518044

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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
    Back Matter
    Front Matter
    Interface Components
    Keyboard Shortcuts
    Master Indexing
    Page Ranges
    Product Names
    ""See"" References
    ""See Also"" References
    System Messages

Product details

  • No. of pages: 107
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © William Andrew 2007
  • Published: June 19, 2001
  • Imprint: William Andrew
  • eBook ISBN: 9780815518044

About the Author

Kurt Ament

Affiliations and Expertise

Infotektur (Germany), former Hewlett Packard & Boeing

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