The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Known orders: unusual locators in indexes

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2007), 25, (4), 243–253.

Abstract

Locators are one of the required elements of index entries. While finding an index entry requires familiarity with a known order of symbols, so does the ability to follow a locator, when its form differs from that of a simple page number in Arabic numerals. This article, which is written from the perspective of the usability of indexes, describes unusual locators, including those that require knowledge of a non-Roman character set and those that assume knowledge of the order of the books of the Bible, Christian feast days, and the like.

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