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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Re: Request For Clarification: Indexterm processing in auto-index generation.

On Wed, Mar 12 2008 14:01:48 +0000, ndw@nwalsh.com wrote:
> | FWIW, I think that scheme works okay in the CSS2 index at
> | http://www.w3.org/TR/1998/REC-CSS2/indexlist.html
> Bleh. I think it looks ridiculous. But if the world disagrees with me,
> I won't stand in its way. I probably will give the "number all index
> terms sequentially" format a whirl when I have a chance.

If you use the index frequently *and* the document is updated
frequently, isn't the "number all index terms sequentially" format the
worst of both worlds?

Numbering from 1 each time or numbering all terms sequentially both
produce numbers that are meaningless (except as indications of relative
position within the document).

If you use the index frequently and all terms are numbered sequentially,
a minor edit adding an index term near the start of the document would
renumber all following index terms and render them both meaningless and

An advantage of both the "section title" format and the "start at 1"
format is that adding an index term affects either none or at most one
of the existing index entries.


Tony Graham.
Tony.Graham@MenteithConsulting.com   http://www.menteithconsulting.com

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