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    Index Tool (Word 2000)

    Does anyone know of a robust indexing tool for Word, similar to Frank Stearns' FrameMaker Indexing tool?

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    Re: Index Tool (Word 2000)

    About 2 years back, I had posted (could not find that post) on the Lounge a description of a solution which allows service providers the freedom to generate the index at any stage of production, as long as all paragraphs are numbered; and new paragraphs inserted get further numbers. This is not an automatic Index generator, and needs input of professional indexers. It is not intended to be a substitute for the work of professional indexers.

    The solution converts paragraph nos to page nos after the pagination has been frozen, and thereafter generates the index with the page nos., which allows the indexer to work without the time pressure usually associated with the indexing job (say after the first proof stage). Of course, in changing para nos to page nos, a certain amount of manual work is required, but the labour required is not smart labour.

    There was sophistication in the solution in that the index entries could be upto 3 levels, and the solution allowed use of Greek and other special characters (by use of SGML entities) which might optionally be used to set the order in which the entries appear in the final index. This approach has worked flawlessly for an index comprising nearly 61,000 entries for an encyclopaedic reference work.

    Could this be relevant to your needs?

    The solution involves building the Index entries in Excel and generating the actual index in Word.

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    Re: Index Tool (Word 2000)

    Rajesh, not to discourage you from providing helpful information, but these posts to which you are responding are incredibly old. I hope you aren't expecting an immediate follow-up from the original poster. (Heck, I can hardly remember questions I had 3 weeks ago, let alone 3 years ago.) <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Index Tool (Word 2000)

    No, I do not expect a reply from the original poster. And I am not discouraged by your response. I only expect that loungers who read posts henceforth will respond if they find something new in what I present. I am posting today after several months (probably over a year) so several threads look new to me.

    The way I use the Lounge is to look at whether there is a thread which either raises a new issue or resolves any issue to which I had no satisfactory solution. If in the meanwhile I have found a solution, I present it for common benefit. I therefore tend not to create new threads, but to extend existing ones, so that loungers can benefit from past thinking on the same topic. You will notice that several of my posts have been to threads which have not had solutions, or where I think I have a fresh approach to provide.

    For example, a little earlier, I replied to a 2-yr old thread on AutoText in Documents (2002) which suggested a fresh approach to the same problem, and I do not expect the poster to reply.

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