I'd vouch for Stuart's comments about using a concordance instead of an index, and also second the recommendation for IXGen to generate a real index.
If you're using a concordance _in addition_ to an index, I think I'd build it from FM Glossary markers and then generate a list of markers. Again, you could automate this with IXGen, which isn't limited to working with Index markers. And another option, if you're generating PDFs, is Acrobat's built-in "Full Text Index With Catalog." Which would be the absolute easiest way to go. Art On 1/12/07, Stuart Rogers <srogers at phoenix-geophysics.com> wrote: > Rob Shell wrote: > > Dear Framies: > > Why I need to export via WordPerfect is that WordPerfect allows for a > > concordance file for indexing. Thus one can use a huge concordance (no word > > limit) carefully created per subject. This is a huge saving of time > > especially for long documents and manuals. I call it machine indexing as > > the > > input in time is zero. > > > > WordPerfect then goes through the document and indexes the whole document > > according to the concordance, in addition to the "hard" index marks one > > might have made. The generated combination index is flawless and > > hyperlinked. > > > > RTF does not respect these "soft" concordances index marks so I am cutting > > WP and pasting into FM until someone tells me the Framemaker filters are > > working as advertised. > > Working around > > Newbie Shell > > I won't address the whole issue of the concordance approach to indexing, > except to say that consensus among writers seems to be that it is a > highly effective and efficient method of producing frustrating, > low-usability indexes. YMMV. > > However, you should know that the reasonably-priced plug-in for Frame, > IXGen ( http://www.fsatools.com/ ), will also allow you to create or > augment an index based on a concordance (a "keyword list" in IXGen > terms). That is a minor feature of the plug-in; its strengths lie in its > many other index-building and editing capabilities, and the fact that it > can handle any kind of FM marker, not just index markers. Investing in > IXGen would allow you to eliminate the whole WordPerfect end of your > workflow. > > (I have no commercial interest in the product, but am just a very > satisfied user.) > > HTH, > > -- > Stuart Rogers > Technical Communicator > Phoenix Geophysics Limited > Toronto, ON, Canada > +1 (416) 491-7340 x 325 > > srogers phoenix-geophysics com > > "Developers explain How the Product Works. > Technical writers explain How to Work the Product." > > > Get Firefox! > http://tinyurl.com/8q9c5 > _______________________________________________ > > > You are currently subscribed to Framers as art.campbell at gmail.com. > > Send list messages to framers at lists.frameusers.com. > > To unsubscribe send a blank email to > framers-unsubscribe at lists.frameusers.com > or visit > http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/art.campbell%40gmail.com > > Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit > http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info. > -- Art Campbell art.campbell at gmail.com "... In my opinion, there's nothing in this world beats a '52 Vincent and a redheaded girl." -- Richard Thompson No disclaimers apply. DoD 358