The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

’I copied all the letters in a big, round hand’: indexing W. S. Gilbert

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (1988), 16, (2), 92–96.

Abstract

Describes the conception, gestation and birth of the author’s recently published concordance to the Gilbert & Sullivan operas.* The background and history of the project, and the author’s qualifications for the task, arc discussed with consideration of the problems facing the concordance-maker—the basic decisions that have to be made and the technical points involved. Base text, arrangement and use, and exclusions are all covered, together with an explanation as to why the concordance was not computer-generated. The mechanics of manual compilation are outlined, as is the preparation of camera-ready copy using a microcomputer-based word-processing program.

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Dixon, Geoffrey