Full text search has limits
A simple full text search in digital documents does not provide intellectual indexing. A search request only delivers results for exactly the requested terms. In numerous texts the same terms are used with slightly different spelling. Even more tricky, a search of synonyms will not allow the readers to see what they are missing. Readers have to accept that they have to work with more or less arbitrary hits, potentially missing many other important passages in the text.
A simple full text search WILL find all occurrences of its search query. In fact, you may receive hundreds of results. Which results are the most relevant? Indexers differentiate primary occurrences of a term or concept from other occurrences.
Debate about indexing — helpful arguments
In many publishing houses subject indexing is unpopular. High costs, uncertain benefits, delayed publication dates — these are often arguments, publishers use for not investing in indexing. Fuel the debate about indexing (with Index-Manager):
- Index entries are embedded into the manuscript, and become available after changes and even for future editions – saving money on future products.
- Thanks to numerous indexing and editing functions, indexers work faster than ever.
- Index-Manager ensures problem-free transfer of index entries between different file formats (InDesign, Word, XML). You are in control – no need for any exhausting post-editing.
- Indexers can work on more than a hundred files at once. Indexers can also start even when some chapters are still missing – saving you time before the publication date.
- All indexing work is logged in a separate file until export. This separate logging allows other tasks – like copyediting and proofreading – to be accomplished in parallel. Working parallel on the data enables you to publish earlier and to always be one step ahead.
- Innovative word list functions allow for systematic indexing. Indexers keep an overview, and the index gets better and more complete.
- Flexible interface supports different workflows. Integrate the author’s knowledge and other preliminary work into the index process.