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Subject: Re: Preferred Index Terms

I think you've misunderstood the meaning of "preferred" in this context--it refers to the particular *instance* of the term as indexed relative to other places the term is indexed, as opposed to the notion of a "preferred term" relative to other terms with similar meanings.



Eliot Kimber

ïOn 8/14/19, 8:47 AM, "Graydon Saunders" <graydon@precisioncontent.com> wrote:

     see two ways it could be done:
     Add an attribute like @significance to <indexterm>, basically exactly what DocBook does.
     Specialize <indexterm> to <indexterm-preferred>.
     3. create a list of preferred terms to be referenced during processing.
     once translated versions come into this, maintaining a "preferred" markup in the content gets fussy and awkward. External lists -- these are the English prefered terms, these are the Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Finnish, etc. -- give a single thing
     that can be maintained in one place by the language-knowledgeable and the processing can use that during index creation to know which locator gets special rendering.
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    From: dita@lists.oasis-open.org <dita@lists.oasis-open.org> on behalf of Eliot Kimber <ekimber@contrext.com>
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    To: ligh >> dita-lightweight-dita@lists.oasis-open.org <dita@lists.oasis-open.org>
    Subject: [dita] Preferred Index Terms 
    An indexing requirement that DITA does not currently satisfy out of the box is identify an instance of an index term as being the "preferred" instance. Preferred instances are usually rendered by highlighting the page number (or other
     locator) for that entry.
    DocBook provides for this with the @significance attribute of the <indexterm> element:
    Where the @significance attribute has the value "normal" or "preferred":
    <indexterm significance="preferred"><primary>apple</primary></indexterm>
    It seems reasonable to add this mechanism to DITA.
    I can see two ways it could be done:
    1. Add an attribute like @significance to <indexterm>, basically exactly what DocBook does.
    2. Specialize <indexterm> to <indexterm-preferred>.
    Option 2 could of course be done by anyone who wants to define the specialization, and maybe that's the answer: if you have this requirement, implement the specialization and the processing for it.
    But I wanted to at least record the requirement for discussion.
    Eliot Kimber
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