Re: Indexing hypertext

Subject: Re: Indexing hypertext
From: Joe English <jenglish@xxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 1997 11:41:38 -0700
Norman Walsh <norm@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> When a document is placed online, how should the index be
> represented (or should the traditional index be replaced by
> something else)?
> 1. Use the page numbers from the printed book. [...]
> 2. Use other marks (dots, asterisks, sequential numbers or
> letters). [...]
> 3. Use the title of the closest surrounding section. [...]

In the WinHelp browser, index terms are hyperlinks to
the section in which the term appears.  If there are multiple
entries, the term is only listed once in the index, and
selecting it pops up a list of topic headings.  This works
pretty well, since the topic headings usually give enough
context to decide which entries are most relevant.

The AIX 'InfoExplorer' system does something similar.

--Joe English


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