On Tuesday 14 July 2009 01:26:24 pm Rich Shepard wrote: > On Tue, 14 Jul 2009, Steve Litt wrote: > > ... second only to indexing, which I equate with working in a sceptic > > tank. > > Steve, > > Perhaps that's a reflection of the book's contents? When I was told that > Springer would not hire a professional indexer and I had to do it myself, I > made it my business to quickly learn how and to do the best darn job of it > that could possibly be done. As far as I'm concerned, a technical book is > worthless without an outstanding index. After I went through the text > several times marking index entries, I then did it again very slowly asking > myself what other word or phrase someone could possibly use that would > never occur to me (the author and subject matter expert). _That_ took a > long time and a lot of effort, but I considered it crucial to the success > of the book. > > I think of index creation as a major part of what I own the purchaser > and reader.
Yes, I didn't want to imply otherwise. What I was trying to get across is that it's as DISTASTEFUL as working in a sceptic tank. And, as you bring up, it's also as NECESSARY to do well as it is necessary to fix a sceptic tank well. StevET Steve Litt Recession Relief Package http://www.recession-relief.US Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/stevelitt