News of Shafer eBook Publication Plans

Mark Wieder mwieder at ahsoftware.net
Sat Feb 26 14:09:46 EST 2005


Judy-

Friday, February 25, 2005, 8:01:20 PM, you wrote:

JP> Printed books simply MUST have an index.  I really believe that PDFs
JP> should too.

Well, the printed rev 2.0 docs have an index, but it's just a list of
functions with the page number each is defined at. Since the whole
book is alphabetical anyway, this makes it redundant *and* useless.
Worse, the index is in the front of the book, giving the appearance of
a table of contents.

I think it's not enough just to have an index, it has to serve a
purpose as well. I do use the printed docs, but the ability to search
the online docs is a great tool. And pdf indices seem to serve as a
nice middle ground, allowing for thematic groupings as in a table of
contents and hyperlinking to content.

-- 
-Mark Wieder
 mwieder at ahsoftware.net



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