[Scribus] Index

John Jason Jordan johnxj
Sun Jul 22 18:52:23 CEST 2007

On Sun, 22 Jul 2007 09:42:59 -0400
"John R. Culleton" <john at wexfordpress.com> dijo:

> In the book business index means back of book index.  When it comes to 
> indexing, bibliography, footnotes etc. Scribus comes up short 
> compared to more book-oriented products . However one can always use 
> an external product to create the index and add that in later on. 
> That is what professional indexers do.  Commercial products such as 
> Cindex, Macrex and Sky Index are suitable.  
> It is also possible to make up an input file using an editor for TeX's 
> makeindex program. You need to create a file called e.g.,  
> mybook.idx, run it through makeindex with a suitable control (.ist) 
> file as described in the makeindex manual. and then flow the 
> resulting mybook. ind  file into Scribus.   Perhaps I should cobble 
> up a Tcl/TK program to ease the input process. 
> Typical line items for the makeindex raw file (mybook.idx) would look 
> something like this:
> \indexentry{life expectancy}{8}
> \indexentry{reinsurer}{8}
> \indexentry{reinsurance}{8}
> \indexentry{reinsurer}{8}
> \indexentry{life expectancy}{8}
> \indexentry{mortality!predictors}{8}
> etc.
> These entries are extracted from an actual file for an index I did for 
> a customer.  The makeindex program will take these entries, sort them 
> by entry name, summarize where necessary (e.g., "reinsurer" above) 
> and produce a proper index  ready to flow into the scribus document, 
> complete with letter headings etc.  Subentries under major entries 
> look like the last item shown above. 
> For alphabets such as Czech etc. the alternative program Xindy may be 
> more suitable. It is a tougher product to work with however.  
> Or you can always make up  3 x 5 card records  and sort them by hand 
> as in centuries past...

Might it be possible to link makeindex or xindy, or some other open
source indexing utility, to Scribus somehow? It would be cool to have
an indexing utility for Scribus.

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