Active indexing: creating indexes for eBooks

This workshop will give you an overview of the eBook and how active eBook indexes work. It provides insights into various types of embedded indexing techniques that may be required, an introductory familiarity with some of the tools used and sets this within the wider context of publishing schedules. You will also gain some understanding of why XML coding is used in publishing, what it actually is and how it facilitates index entry creation (you don’t need to know XML coding to do this type of indexing but a basic understanding can help).

Although not specifically a tutorial in methods of embedded and eBook indexing, the workshop includes simple introductory demos of the main embedded indexing tools, with links to trial software for you to try in your own time. Other exercises enhance your understanding generally and come with answers which are solutions or guidance notes. A course tutor may be contacted for clarification of information and guidance on getting into embedded indexing.

By the end of the workshop, which takes roughly between 6 and 8 hours to work through, you should feel a lot more confident about exploring for yourself the software packages available, taking on a first commission and talking to publishers and editors about what is needed.

Embedded indexing is also sometimes used to bring the indexing process forward in the publishing schedule or to facilitate repurposing of text, but the essential processes for embedding the entries are the same.

The eBook is not going away!
Take this course to find out more about this specialised type of indexing and develop the capacity for informed discussion with your clients.

[You can see pricing and order the workshop in the Online Shop]


Module 1: All About eBooks
Module 3: Embedded Indexing and XML
What exactly is an eBook?Why XML?
eBook formatsTypes of XML
What are the issues for indexers of eBooks?XML code
Targets for linked entriesEPUB 3.0 specification
Module 2: Embedded Indexing
Module 4: Active Indexes and Workflows
Tools for embedded indexingCreating links and conversion to eBook
Inbuilt indexing tools: InDesign CC demoGuidelines for indexers and publishers
Indexing software + Add-On: DEXembed demoBook production workflows and indexing
Indexing software + Add-On: WordEmbed demo
Indexing software + Plug-In: InDesign CC demoFind Out More…
Special indexing software: Index-Manager demoInformation, networks and support
What is tagging?Workshops and webinars
WordEmbed and tagging
Legacy indexesResources


“This has been the most useful resource I have come across in terms of both explaining the concepts and issues involved, and facilitating hands-on practical experience. I think it is really excellent”

Wendy Baskett

“I’ve had XML explained to me before but never so clearly”

Tanya Izzard
(on the original presentation which formed a basis for the workshop)