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Indexing workshop for editors and proofreaders

Workshop tutor: Ann Hudson

 ‘Information that cannot be located might as well not exist.’ (Nancy Mulvany, Indexing Books, 2005)

A good index is much more than an alphabetical list of topics with page numbers attached. Like a route map, it leads both experts and novices directly to the information they need, regardless of their point of departure and without dead ends or time-wasting detours. But a poor index is virtually useless, leaving its users frustrated. 
To copy-edit or proofread an index effectively, you need to know how indexes are compiled, how professionally trained indexers work, and what changes can be made more quickly and accurately by going back to the indexer.
Using a mixture of talks, discussions, practical exercises and on-screen demonstrations, this workshop will cover:
The basics of the indexing process: how professional indexers do it
  • Choosing what to include
  • Filing order
  • Arranging headings and subheadings
  • Cross-references
  • Page references
  • Proper names
  • Foreign terminology
  • Level of detail
  • Layout and style
Role of the editor and proofreader
  • Commissioning an index – budget; deadline; space available; depth of coverage; index format
  • Authors as indexers
  • British and International Standards and publishers’ house styles
  • How to assess an index
  • How to edit and proofread an index without damaging it
How indexing software works 
  • Time-saving features
  • Automatic checks
  • Restyling an index
  • Dealing with reflows
  • Repagination

 Workshops currently scheduled

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