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Sorry, Eddie, but I can't agree. I find an index essential in any serious work and use such regularly. The index in the LRRSA's latest book, Frank Stamford's 'The McIvor Timber & Firewood Company', is a good example of what is needed. Perhaps Frank will advise on what process he used to create the index.
From: "Eddie Oliver eoliver@... [LRRSA]"
Sent: Friday, 12 September 2014, 8:07
Subject: Re: [LRRSA] Simsville and the Jarrah Mill - forthcoming LRRSA book
Does anyone actually use indexes in
books such as this? I literally cannot remember the last time I
But if one does have a need, why would a computer-generated one
not serve the purpose?
Perhaps my perception is prejudiced by the fact that I have seen
very few indexes that could even remotely be deemed to meet
Peter's requirement to record the location of 'ideas' - and there
is also the problem that the indexer's way of 'coding' the 'ideas'
may not correspond with how a user does so.
On 12/09/2014 16:40, 'Peter Knife' pjknife@...
been through the exercise several times, I totally agree
with the introduction to indexing in Adobe’s InDesign
down and indexing a book is the most painful, horrible,
mind-numbing activity you could ever wish on your worst
enemy. And yet, where this is the kind of task that a
computer should be great at, it’s actually impossible for a
computer to do a good job of indexing a book by itself. A
good index requires careful thought, an understanding of the
subject matter, and an ability to keep the whole project in
your head at all times. In short, it requires comprehension.”
Then later, talking about a computer-generated index: “This
is not an index; it’s a concordance. A concordance records
the location of words; an index records the location
software-generated index can provide a bit of a starting
point for a simple book, but requires a fair bit of manual
intervention to come up with something useful. To create a
really good index, a “meaty” volume really needs to be
indexed manually by someone who understands the subject.
off my soapbox now J
recently had a book published and the people who
put the book together used an indexing program. It
wasn't perfect and needed tweaking, but helped
greatly to move the project along.
have just goggled "Book indexing software"and
there are a few options there.
The next book to be published by
the LRRSA will be "Simmsville
and the Jarrah Mill", by Ian
McNeil. It describes the timber
milling operations and 3ft 6 in
gauge timber tramways centered
on Simsville, near Port Stephens
on the New South Wales lower
The book will be of 96 pages A4
size, and the design and layout
is ready for the printer -
except that it still needs an
Do we have any volunteers
prepared to undertake the task
of indexing this book?
There are two other books in the
queue waiting behind this book,
and if we can find a volunteer
to index Simsville, it will help
to bring the other two closer to
the printer. One of these books
relates to Tasmania, and the
other to New South Wales.