Within 1 document, you can generate multiple ToCs and 1 Index. If you worked in separate, throwaway copies of a project you could develop differing indexes, then generate them, and bring the separate index text frame flows into one finished document for printing and finishing.
If I understand this correctly, it looks to me like you can do this with multiple TOCs (make each with its own TOC style for ease of organization). It looks to me like your various lists are all alphabetical, except for the main "regular" TOC.
Do the same products appear in different lists split into different groupings, i.e. in one list do products 1 & 2 fall under the same heading, but then fall under two different headings in another list? That would complicate things quite a bit.
This could be done within the one index, if you plan it out carefully. Each of your separate index lists would become a Topic Level 1. All of the components of each list would have to be created with the correct Topic Level 1. You would wind up with one large index that you would need to separate and reformat after the fact, but each of your lists would stay together within the generated index.
Do you think the most efficient way to accomplish this is with multiple indices from throw away versions as you suggested? If so will the new seperate index text frames still maintain thier links and updating cabibility?
This Catalog (1 document) will need frequent updating with new products and product name changes, so it would be most useful if all of lists updated as well. If I were to create all the lists as ToC's and say one product was on three seperate lists and one of them several times (ie, Products by Condition), does each product have to have a different paragraph style that will associate it to that particular List or ToC?
Is there a way to link the main product name and paragraph style to apply that page number whereever that product name is in the document?
If I did one main index, copied, seperated and reformatted it for each list, that would the seperated and reformatted lists maintain there links within the doc?
No, you would have to regenerate and then reformat after any changes. Even if you kept the whole thing together, it doesn't dynamically update. A new index has to be generated to reflex any changes. But if all your indexes use the same style set, it might not be too bad.
Yes Peter, products 1 & 2 fall under the same heading, but then fall under two different headings in other lists.
It is stumping me but I have seen the cross-referencing of 1 product (with page number) over several lists in other supplement manufacturing catalogs. Is there a possible plugin for such a situation?
Actually, cross-references might be the way to go. You'd have to manually build the lists the first time, but they would update dynamically thereafter.
To do this with TOCs you'd probably need to build non-printing "tags" that carry the product name as many times as they would appear in a different group, and each group would need to have it's own paragraph style for sorting. I can explain that in more detail, but it seems far mor complex to me that either the index method or cross-refs.
With cross-references, if products are added, moved, or deleted, the cross-references in TOCs and indexes need to be manually added, moved or deleted to match the changed order of source markers.