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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