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Old 10-17-2011, 10:43 PM   #16
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Old 10-18-2011, 02:23 AM   #17
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:55 AM   #18
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You're comparing an auto search function with human intelligence. If a publishing company paid money to have a professional indexer index the book, they obviously see value in that index (and yes, could pay extra for it in the ebook, but still - the manual labour in converting one is crazy).

Not all books with indexes would suffer greatly without them, but some surely would - particularly for use in reference/research. The index will point readers to the most useful, relevant topics - rather than an overkill of low relevance search terms.

Regardless, I didn't come here to defend the index, I don't really care enough (although I think we should push for high standards in ebooks, as a print book really is a simple thing, and its electronic counterpart is getting carried away with bells and whistles while dropping off some historically important features that made book design an art and reading a pleasure) - I came to ask if anyone could help the process of creating one - particularly after having found it continually useful in some of the reference ebooks I use.

No dice? Ok. Thanks anyways.
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Topic indexes are an important kind if index. They should have support in ePub. Somehow some of these important reading things seem to get lost in the ePub committee working on version 3 while they work hard on making it a video player.
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From memory, when InDesign exports including local overides (a bad idea for clean code, but got me thinking) each paragraph is automatically given an ID.

Maybe a script could be written to auto tag page numbers, search for index terms within the page the term is refering to, tag a para where the term appears, and add a hyperlink cross reference.

Pipe dreamin.
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From memory, when InDesign exports including local overides (a bad idea for clean code, but got me thinking) each paragraph is automatically given an ID. . . . . . . . .snip
There's no id's added to the xhtml mate. Not that I can find anyway. Perhaps you are thinking of the page IDs that ADE assign to the book.
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