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Indexing - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780815514817, 9780815518044

Indexing

1st Edition

A Nuts-and-Bolts Guide for Technical Writers

Author: Kurt Ament
Paperback ISBN: 9780815514817
eBook ISBN: 9780815518044
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 19th June 2001
Page Count: 107
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Description

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.

Readership

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

Details

No. of pages:
107
Language:
English
Copyright:
© William Andrew 2007
Published:
19th June 2001
Imprint:
William Andrew
Paperback ISBN:
9780815514817
eBook ISBN:
9780815518044

About the Author

Kurt Ament

Affiliations and Expertise

Infotektur (Germany), former Hewlett Packard & Boeing

Reviews

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

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