Re: RE: Indexing style refs

Subject: Re: RE: Indexing style refs
From: Susan W. Gallagher <sgallagher5 -at- cox -dot- net>
To: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>,"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2003 14:05:52 -0400

Yabbut, if nobody tells the user which words are on this
list, they are still gonna try to look up "way cool button"
and be awfully disappointed/frustrated when it's not there.

I can see creating a controlled vocab list for the doc
itself, but in a user-friendly index, synonyms are essential,
and the more the merrier.

my two cents. ;-)
-Sue Gallagher
> From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>

> I think the purpose of the controlled list is to eliminate the need to
> include terms such as "way cool button" in the index as a synonym for "Run".
> >Isn't the purpose of an index to provide synonyms? 20
> >people reading documentation will think of 20 different
> >words for the same concept when they consult the index.
> >(Or am I missing the point?)

> >
> >> Well, I have a suggestion inspired by my former days
> >> as a technical services librarian. I suggest you put
> >> together what they call a "controlled vocabulary."
> >>This is a list of terms that serves as an authority.

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