RE: Indexing style refs

Subject: RE: Indexing style refs
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "'dmbrown -at- brown-inc -dot- com'" <dmbrown -at- brown-inc -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2003 15:43:07 -0400

Actually, I advocated keeping it down to, what I defined as a reasonable
amount, 10 or less synonyms for any one term. The responses to me where that
the index should have EVERY synonym that a user may need to find it. Since
the user is undefined, and what they think of as a synonym is undefined, the
number of synonyms becomes undefined, and without a definition, 50 applies
as well as any other number.

My contention is that 10 or less synonyms should handle the needs of the
majority, and that's all I can try for...trying to make the minority happy
is not something to which I want to aspire.

John Posada, Senior Technical Writer
"If you're afraid to be second-guessed, you better not make any decisions."
--Hal Sutton, America's 2004 Ryder Cup Captain

> John Posada wrote:
> > Can you define reasonable? Until you can, you will get some
> > that think 50 alternatives to a term is reasonable.
> It's easy to take a point to a ridiculous extreme so you can
> say, "See, I told you your point was unreasonable."
> >
> > Since when is questioning comparable to that
> > from one of your indexes?
> I wasn't comparing *questioning* to whining--I was comparing
> *whining* (about those darned readers being too lazy to think
> in your terms) to whining.

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