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The page number provides an intuitive context. Embedded indexing tools suffer because this context is transparent to authors. Further challenges arise from the low design priority awarded to embedding indexing tools of several applications. Hypertext-based indexing, such as on the World Wide Web, is an extreme case with difficulties ranging from a huge scope with negligible natural content, to a programming language that provides no straightforward technique for indentation.
What is an index? Meeting user expectations.
The age-old art of indexing will continue to be essential for the quick and accurate retrieval of information, no matter what the medium might be. Advances in technology will not replace the need for well-prepared indexes, only how indexes are presented. Information on indexing for newer forms of communication is scattered and not fully developed. This session will bring together what is known to give attendees a better understanding of the trends, issues, concerns, and requirements that are involved in “newage” indexing.