Cheryl Lemmens - Indexing and Editorial Services
Book Indexing • Web Site Indexing • Editing
Web Site Indexing: Introduction
Web site indexing is a concept that is still in an evolutionary stage, even though most major sites include some sort of guide to content in the form of either a true alphabetical index or a section-by-section site map.
The explosive growth of the Internet - and the sheer immensity of material that has gone online - means that we will eventually need a way to find what's out there, whether we know what we're looking for or not. As indexer Barbara Quint noted at the American Society of Indexers annual conference in 1994:
The ocean flows of online information are all streaming together, and the access tools are becoming absolutely critical. If you don't index it, it doesn't exist. It's out there but you can't find it, so it might as well not be there.
As an editing professional who became interested in the indexing process through my work on Web sites, I can vouch for the need to apply the same meticulous organizational skills used in book indexing to material accessible on the Internet. And, indeed, some corporations, institutions, and organizations have recognized the need to provide their Web site users with real indexes. Others have gone the site map route, and should also be commended for their assistance to users.
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