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Written by Rae Elaine
(10/5/2013 1:01 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I have to disagree, penned by Jerry
Any difficulty would be a *time consuming* process. In that, the one who does the index marking, must read the file and mark-for-index certain key words that will locate answers to questions. That is, the kind of question someone would ask; "where did I read about X and/doing/&c." For example, mark births, deaths, residences, weddings, and answers to many of the kinds of questions we ask, which do not lend themselves to education compromises.
Specifically, in the file I have assembled from the chapter files available on this site, I marked the ages of Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret that appear in an early chapter. The low page number need no annotation "at beginning of novel." Also, since I have a fetish for footnotes, and JA use words that are out of our common lexicon, put a definition or expansion into a footnote, and index the word at its first use. Spacks tend to use endnotes, and those get nasty when trying to read a heavy volume in an easy chair or in bed.
Once the index-mark pass is done, the software should have a simple way of defining how and where to put the index. After that, it is just a matter of "generation" of the index, and a modern computer is blitzingly fast even for an epic novel. :-} (I remember generating an index on an 8MHz XT clone. I started the process and then went to lunch. It was done when I got back.)
When doing the index-mark pass, it is difficult to mark everything suitable. Let it get cold. Then when an item is not marked, use the system's [Search] function, mark it, and then do like Dr. Who and regenerate.
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