Thank you for all the suggestions, the IXgen seems the way to go; I will certainly buy it when I can afford the exchange rate. It looks terrific.
I do not want to start a debate about concordances and low usability indexes, but there are certain types of documents where concordances are very useful. Professional indexers have a strong antipathy to them. Say you were indexing lengthy historical documents of one period, then a concordance of all proper names would then be most useful. Genealogists have often approached me about my published work, saying "you mentioned my ancestor but he/she is not in your index." The concordance can be a powerful *second* string. One can then go through the document again and mark the marked entries. Multiple intelligent passes through the document are unavoidable. I look forward to the time when indexing can be automated to the point where an 8 point font could say, indicate "mention only"; italics could indicate, "ref in footnote", bold main reference, etc.. I do realise this is a long way away. Thanks for the answers. The learning curve is easing thanks to this listserv. I appreciate it a lot. Newbie Shell Robert C.-H. Shell Extraordinary Professor of Historical Demography UWC Courier address: Room 3,23 Statistics department New Science Building University of Western Cape Modderdam Road Bellville 7535 Western Cape Republic of South Africa Airmail address: Prof. Robert C.-H. Shell Room 3,23 Statistics department New Science Building Private Bag X17 Bellville Western Cape 7535 Republic of South Africa E-mail addresses: rshell at uwc.ac.za rshell at iafrica.com Fax: 950-2909