Technical Communication:
Indexing (Read Me First! 18)


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  1. Which of the following makes the best distinction between an index and a concordance? (Look up "concordance" in a dictionary, or better yet Chicago Manual of Style.)
    An index lists all occurrences of words in a document; a concordance lists only those occurrences of words where some pertinent statement is made about those words.
    An index provides definitions of potentially unfamiliar terms contained in a document; a concordance lists only those occurrences of words where some pertinent statement is made about those words.
    A concordance lists all occurrences of words in a document; an index lists only those occurrences of words where some pertinent statement is made about those words.
    A concordance provides definitions of potentially unfamiliar terms contained in a document; an index lists only those occurrences of words where some pertinent statement is made about those words.

  2. Which of the following best explains when to include an index with a document?
    Whenever you think readers would benefit from having an index included in the document.
    Only for densely technical books.
    Any book that is over 20 pages.
    Any book that is over 25 pages.
    Only for documents whose audience is nonspecialist readers.

  3. If you are an inexperienced indexer facing the task of indexing a 325-page book, how many days should you allot for this task?
    13 days
    16.25 days
    6.5 days
    5.42 days

  4. What is wrong with this index entry (if anything): handling error messages, 47?
    It should not use a comma before the page number.
    Readers are not likely to look up the term with the entry phrased this way.
    It contains too few page references; it probably needs subentries.

  5. What is wrong with this index entry (if anything): error messages 47?
    It needs a comma before the page number.
    Readers are not likely to look up the term with the entry phrased this way.
    It does not contain enough page references; it will probably need subentries.

  6. What is wrong with this index entry (if anything): error messages, 46, 51, 58-61, 117?
    It should not use a comma before the page numbers.
    Readers are not likely to look up the term with the entry phrased this way.
    It contains too many page references; need to create subentries.

  7. See also references do which of the following?
    Point to a prerequisite term.
    Point to a more detailed technical term.
    Point to a preferred term.
    Point to a closely related term.

  8. See references do which of the following?
    Point to a prerequisite term.
    Point to a more detailed technical term.
    Point to a preferred term.
    Point to a closely related term.

  9. Suppose you must index a 420-page book that is densely technical. How many pages of indexing does this chapter recommend?
    4.25 pages
    8.5 pages
    21 pages
    42 pages

  10. Which of the following best defines double-posting and provides a good example?
    Including entries that start with other words within the indexing phrase that readers might look up: for example, copyright symbol could also be indexed as symbols, copyright.
    Including synonyms of the index entry: for example, delete command could also be indexed as remove command for users who come from a UNIX environment.
    Including entries that start with other words within the indexing phrase that readers might look up: for example, delete command could also be indexed as remove command for users who come from a UNIX environment.
    Including synonyms of the index entry: for example, copyright symbol could also be indexed as symbols, copyright.



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