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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Auto-generating an index

On Thu, 3 Feb 2011 15:07:51 -0600
Tom Browder <tom.browder@gmail.com> wrote:

> I have a medium sized document in docbook xml format.  I want to make
> an index but am too lazy to go through it manually for a first order
> cut.  I would rather auto-generate one and then fine tune it as I have
> time.
> Before I lay out my proposed method, I don't want to reinvent the
> wheel: does anyone have any pointers to any auto-indexing tools for
> DB?

Sorry Tom, IMHO it is a long and boring job best suited for a human.
Think of a couple of the terms you might want to index, then search for
them. In a fair sized document it is amazing how often they crop up in
'the wrong' place. 
  I guess it depends on the quality of the index you want to create.

I found the best support is from a good macro. Highlight the word/phrase
then use one of a couple of macros to insert primary/secondary term
markup. Emacs is great for this kind of job




Dave Pawson

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