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Indexing for Technical Writers

A well-crafted index is the best retrieval tool we can provide to our readers.

Our index must meet the needs of all of readers of our publication: those who are experienced with the product or technology, those who are familiar with similar products and technologies, and those who have no experience with the product or technology.

Most technical writers have to create an index sometime during their career, yet preparing an effective index is a complex process. This practical, hands-on course presents a systematic indexing method for technical writers.

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This practical, hands-on course presents a systematic indexing method for technical writers.

A well-crafted index is essential to locating information within a document, yet preparing an effective index is a complex process. This practical, hands-on course presents a systematic indexing method for technical writers.

By the conclusion of this course you will have:

  • Reviewed the purpose and types of indexes.
  • Examined the methods and considerations necessary when determining index entries.
  • Discussed how to edit and test an index.
  • Practiced creating, editing, formatting, and testing an index.

The skills presented during this course are reinforced with practical hands-on exercises using Microsoft Word.

A minimum of 80% attendance, active participation, and successful completion of all course assignments are required to complete this course successfully.