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In her posting about the fine art of indexing, Lori Lathrop mentioned the
process of inserting hidden code into text. I've found that Doc-To-Help
makes it easy.
After completing the document, you can designate index "targets" and "tags."
Targets are words or phrases in the document at which Doc-To-Help inserts
index codes. "Tags" are the words associated with those targets; they
appear in the actual index at the end of the manual. When Doc-To-Help
builds the index, it inserts the targets at all positions that match the
word or phrase entered by the documenter. When the tags are listed, the
page numbers of the matching targets are included. Thus, you can do all the
indexing after completing the final version of the manual--instead of
worrying about it as you write the manual.
If you want to change the index later, you can remove all the target codes
and then tell Doc-To-Help to insert new targets--based on a revised list of
targets and tags. All the index targets and associated tags are saved to an
.ini file, which can be easily edited from within Doc-To-Help or through a
word processing/editing program.