[OS X TeX] Indexes
simon at simifilm.ch
Fri Dec 16 09:44:24 EST 2005
On 16.12.2005, at 15:39, Morten Høgholm wrote:
> On Fri, 16 Dec 2005 15:34:07 +0100, Simon Spiegel
> <simon at simifilm.ch> wrote:
>> Being not an undergraduate indexer, I don't really understand what
>> you're saying. Maybe this is just a language problem… What I want
>> is some sort of "index" (for lack of a better word) where one can
>> easily find names, film titles, important terms etc. Maybe this is
>> what you mean by concordance… Of course, this can't be fully
>> automatized, but some sort of in advance preparation would
>> certainly be possible IMO.
> I think William means this:
> Q: Why do I need an indexer? Can’t the computer create an index?
> A: To exactly the same degree that a word processor can write the
> book. Indexes are creative works,
> requiring human intellect and analysis.
> Q: Isn’t full-text search sufficient?
> A: Only to the extent that the reader searches for exactly what
> appears in the text. In essence, the
> reader has to know it’s there before looking for it, and even then
> won’t find synonyms or concepts not
> explicitly spelled out.
> Computers can no more replace a human indexer than they can replace
> the author of the work being indexed.
If you look at my first post, I never suggested to fully automatize
the process, but I firmly believe that some sort of UI based app
could make it much easier.
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