A little indexing humor….

I think we indexers often need a laugh, so I wanted to share a link that I discovered while doing some research in preparation for an embedded index project that I expect to have later this summer and fall.

On the Leverage Technologies website, while looking up some information on IXMLembedder, under the resources I found a section on Indexing Humor about Indexing & Indexers.

I especially enjoyed the limericks and haiku but got smiles out of a lot of the other things there (in addition to the information I went looking for).

MSA meeting tomorrow!

I’m looking forward to the Mid- and South-Atlantic chapter meeting tomorrow in Alexandria, VA. Carol Roberts is going to be talking about her editing technique.

This should be an interesting discussion. I’m always working to minimize editing because it can be an incredibly time-consuming, but necessary, part of indexing.

My approach to “editing” has been “try to avoid it”. I’ve approached it in several ways:

  • Careful “incremental” editing at the end of each day’s work.
  • I  use SKY Index Pro’s autocomplete to assist in vocabulary control–love it!
  • Careful labeling of entries that need editing as I work–to be reconsidered at the end of the session or when inspiration for the correct phrase occurs later.
  • Frequently working with grouped entries that are quick to run through a spell check.

I’ve upgraded to SKY Index Pro 8 and I think the new layout with the Index Pane right with the data entry pane is going to cut some more time off editing. I’m sure I’ll come home from this meeting with more ways to minimize time spent on editing, too.

Portland ME: restaurants

Not that I’m more interested in food than in the presentations for the ASI conference in Portland ME, but that’s important, too. I found this article in Bon Apetit on where to eat in Portland ME and thought I’d share it. I do intend to eat some lobster and oysters while I’m there!  Links included in the article; however, Scales Restaurant  is mentioned no link is given. Thanks to Google, you can check that one out here

 

SKY Index Pro 8.0–trial run.

I just finished a pro bono index (a cookbook) using the public preview of SKY Index Pro 8.0 (and downloaded the update that was issued today). As a happy user of SKY Index Pro 7, I’d say that awesome software just got even more awesome. If you are a SKY 7 user, the transition is easy–stuff is where you’ed expect it to be–none of the Windows where-did-they-put-it-this-time hassles. All the keyboard shortcuts that I learned for SKY 7 work as expected.

There are a couple new things that I already like especially well–even though some are not really “big” things:

  • When you shift to a different active window, the data entry grid greys so you can tell easily at a glance which window is active–especially great when you are Alt-tabbing to get back to your data entry grid. This may not be a “big” thing for some, but it is something I really appreciate. This definitely lets you know which window you’re in and saves inadvertently deleting something when you thought you’d shifted windows, but really hadn’t–yes, been there, done that!
  • the new Index Pane–was the Preview Pane–and this is a “big” thing: right beside the data entry grid is wonderful. (I was slow to use the Edit View in SKY 7 for some silly reason–but once I got used to it, I love it. Now it’s even better with it right there on the screen all the time–especially for editing cross-references. I haven’t done much search/browse in the Index Pane yet, but I’m sure I will in other indexing work.I used it more often than had I needed to switch views from data entry to edit view.
  • the Find/Group function (which I use an incredible number of times during work) is faster!
  • Automatic backup with some new features! Yes, yes, thank you!
  • I do like having configuration options and the like open in a pane rather than in dialog boxes seems to eliminate a lot of clicks and keystrokes.

There are features that this particular index didn’t demand that I try out–like the Invert Name, and the Collapse Heading. I’ve been a big fan of the Swap Acronym, create reciprocal cross-reference, and other utilities ever since I started using SKY–and they are all still there.

The message system (now at the bottom of the window) has some customizable features, too. I’m always happy to have SKY tell me when I’ve done something stupid–and let me have it fixed automatically–or tell me to fix it.

Even though I didn’t need it, I left the messages relating to how to use data grid, etc. turned on to see what showed up–I think that would be a huge help to someone learning SKY for the first time. If you’re exploring, then do take the time to watch the tutorial videos. They are explicit, clear, and very helpful.

 

SKY Index Professional 8.0

I’ve just had an email via the SKY users group on Google Groups that the public preview of SKY 8.0 is available although the “for sale” version will not be available until after the preview ends in April.

I’ll definitely be up-grading from SKY 7 to SKY 8.0. This would be a great opportunity to try this indexing software if you are not familiar with it.

From Potomac Indexing Blog

From Joanne Sprott on the Potomac Indexing Blog here a great article on “Name Dropping in the Index” that I found helpful in dealing with names in some indexes–particularly in academic publications where “vanity”  inclusion is an issue–where the number of times an author is cited is important.

Good information for authors and for indexers.