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Subject: RE: [dita] indexing question

When an index term is defined in the prolog, it is supposed to apply to the
topic as a whole (the same is true if it is placed in the topicref in a
map). We've mentioned in the past that sequential topics that include the
same term in this way could be treated as a range. I'm not sure if we also
discussed using the entry in the prolog as a range for topics that span
pages? I feel like somebody has mentioned it, but I could be wrong.

Of course, this doesn't address the awkwardness of placing it in the

Robert D Anderson
IBM Authoring Tools Development
Chief Architect, DITA Open Toolkit
(507) 253-8787, T/L 553-8787

"JoAnn Hackos" <joann.hackos@comtech-serv.com> wrote on 06/29/2006 05:51:27

> I'd like to see Indexterm as a child of topic. It feels awkward to wait
> until prolog.
> JoAnn
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Grosso, Paul [mailto:pgrosso@ptc.com]
> Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2006 4:26 PM
> To: dita@lists.oasis-open.org
> Subject: [dita] indexing question
> Looking at the 1.1 DTDs, as far as I can tell,
> indexterm isn't allowed as a child of topic.
> In fact, the earliest indexterm is allowed
> in a topic seems to be within keywords within
> metadata within prolog.
> Suppose one wants to use index-range-start and
> index-range-end to index an entire topic.  It
> seems the soonest one can put the index-range-start
> in a topic is within the prolog.  But suppose one
> has an abstract longer than a page.  Then the
> index-range-start within the prolog (which follows
> the abstract) will not pick up the first page of
> the topic.
> This seems to be a problem.  Do we need to allow
> indexterm in title, perhaps?  Is there a better
> solution?
> I think we are also going to have a similar problem
> at the bottom of a topic.  Suppose the last thing
> in your topic is related-links.  Where can you put
> the index-range-end so that you can be sure it is
> on the last page of the topic?
> paul

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