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How to index people's names?

Sep 11, 2012 1:05 PM

I'm indexing a book that contains a man's name in several variations: R. R.Haynes, Raleigh R. Haynes, Raleigh Haynes, Raleigh Rutherford Haynes.


I don't want to use the See Also method; I'd like all his page references to be for just one of the variations.


Any ideas?



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    Sep 11, 2012 2:46 PM   in reply to Reneaux

    You can unify name apearance by using GREP search and replace feature.

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    Sep 11, 2012 3:50 PM   in reply to Reneaux

    It is quite powerfull tool for styling, finding and/or replacing text patterns.

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    Sep 11, 2012 3:52 PM   in reply to Reneaux

    If you add any of the name variants, make sure to edit it in the Add Index Entry dialog to make it the same. The index entry itself does not have to be the exact text as it appears in your document; it's just an invisible marker, which indicates the page number to appear in the final index.


    Unifying the name in your plain text is totally unnecessary (although marking names for an index and then generating it is sure to spot a couple of mis-spellings).


    For a name like this, you could go for either "Haynes, R.R." or "Haynes, Raleigh R.", or even "Haynes, Raleigh Rutherford" (to properly distinguish him from his father with the same initials, "Haynes, Robert Redford").

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