Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Automating Index Preparation

Pehong Chen and Michael A. Harrison

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/CSD-87-347
March 1987

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/1987/CSD-87-347.pdf

Index preparation is a tedious and time-consuming task. In this paper we indicate how the indexing process can be automated in a way which is largely independent of a specific typesetting system and independent of the format being used. Fundamental issues related to this process are identified and analyzed. Specifically, we describe a framework for placing index commands in the document and a general purpose index processor which transforms a raw index into an alphabetized version. The resulting system has proved very useful and effective in producing indexes for a book and several technical manuals. An evaluation of our system against indexing facilities available across a variety of document preparation environments is given.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Chen:CSD-87-347,
    Author = {Chen, Pehong and Harrison, Michael A.},
    Title = {Automating Index Preparation},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {1987},
    Month = {Mar},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/1987/5581.html},
    Number = {UCB/CSD-87-347},
    Abstract = {Index preparation is a tedious and time-consuming task. In this paper we indicate how the indexing process can be automated in a way which is largely independent of a specific typesetting system and independent of the format being used. Fundamental issues related to this process are identified and analyzed. Specifically, we describe a framework for placing index commands in the document and a general purpose index processor which transforms a raw index into an alphabetized version. The resulting system has proved very useful and effective in producing indexes for a book and several technical manuals. An evaluation of our system against indexing facilities available across a variety of document preparation environments is given.}
}

EndNote citation:

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