Course DescriptionPublishers often require indexers to embed index entries into the text files of their books due to the prevalence of digital publishing and the need to quickly get books to press. Discuss current industry demands and speculate about future developments. Learn to embed index entries into documents using various software programs and file formats, including Microsoft Word, Adobe FrameMaker and InDesign, XML, ePub and Mobi. Learn to install and use add-on tools in indexing programs to be more efficient and to broaden your skill set. Practice embedding index entries into Web and intranet pages.
You need strong language, reading, computer and Internet skills to succeed in this course. We recommend you have a PC running Windows OS. You have free access to the student versions of three indexing software programs: CINDEX, MACREX and SKY. You may use any of the three programs for three short exercises in the first half of the course. (Afterward, you may choose one of the programs to complete the rest of the assignments, but there are a few lessons that must be done with the full or demo versions of Sky Index.) Of the three programs, only CINDEX provides a version that works on the Macintosh OS. However, if you use the Macintosh OS, you can successfully complete the course in one of two ways: (1) your Macintosh computers must have software such as Parallels Desktop for Mac or Microsoft Virtual PC to run Windows-compatible software; or (2) you must have access to a PC to complete the first three exercises in the course.
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