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Indexing: A Nuts-and-Bolts Guide for Technical Writers

Indexing: A Nuts-and-Bolts Guide for Technical WritersAuthor: Kurt Ament
Category: General Reference
Audience: 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.

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Language: en
Copyright: 2001
Pages: 125
6 x 6, Hardcover
ISBN: 0-8155-1481-6


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.

Indexing had always seemed a mysterious art to me, and I had never fully understood the rules...Aments guide clarifies these and other key elements of indexing...The volume is meant to be a reference book, but I read it cover to cover in a little over an hour. The layout of the book is very easy to follow. Ament gives good advice on how to approach the task of indexing...
— Leanne Sullivan, The Editorial Eye (September 2001)


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  • Teaches anyone how to index any type of documentation in a very short time with minimal effort.
  • Provides a highly structured yet flexible indexing strategy that any organization can adapt in any medium.
  • Benefits three levels of readers: professional writers, technical publications managers, teachers and students.
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