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Resources: Software

Digital Publications Indexing Tools

Stand-alone tools for indexing HTML pages

Conversion Utilities

To convert indexes created in book indexing software or word processing programs into HTML indexes

  • Mapper by Leverage Technologies, Inc.
    Utilizes a map file to convert page locators to URLs.
  • XRefHT freeware also has index conversion capabilities.

Help Authoring Tools

The following is a selection of tools that have features to create HTML help-style scrollable indexes of pages, generally created in or exported into the program

Metadata Indexing and Embedded Indexing

CMS (Content Management Systems) Tagging

Internationalization, Linguistics, Fonts and Dictionary Tools

Articles on Web indexing tools

Barrett, Anne C., "IXgen: Indexing Tool for Frame, (pdf), A-Z: the Newsletter of STC's Indexing SIG, Vol 4 No 3, September 2001, pp3-6 - author from Cisco Systems, Inc

Barrett, Anne C., "IXgen: Tips, Tricks and Totally Cool Techniques, (pdf), STC 48th Conference, 2001, 34pp- author from Cisco Systems, Inc

Berson, Margaret, "Embedded Indexing in Microsoft Word: How to Get Started"

Fred Brown's site has gone down so we used Wayback Machine (May 25 2017):

Brown, Fred, "Converting Indexes with WebWorks Publisher", Allegro Time!, June, 2002

Brown, Fred, "Embedded vs. Stand-Alone Indexes", Allegro Time!, March, 2001.

Brown, Fred, "Embedding indexes in FrameMaker", Allegro Time!, October, 2002

Brown, Fred, "Indexing with DocBook XML", Allegro Time!, September, 2001, updated May, 2009.

Brown, Fred, "Indexing with Microsoft Word", Allegro Time!, December, 2001.

Brown, Fred, "Indexing with open source tools", (pdf) KnowGenesis IJTC, Vol. 1, Issue 2, June 2006.

Brown, Fred, "Think Macros! - cool tricks to save time and cut the "wear and tear"", Bulletin, Indexing Society of Canada, Autumn 2002.

Haskins, Lucie, "Demystifying IndexDeconstructor", (pdf) Key Words, Vol 18 No 1 pp 20-26, January-March 2010

Haskins, Lucie, "DEXembed, WordEmbed, and IndexDeconstructor: how do they work and why would I want to use them? presentation", (pdf) ASI Conference, San Diego, 2012

Haskins, Lucie, "Digging in for the long haul: how to get a handle on the embedded Word indexing tools out there", (pdf) KeyWords 13(2):51-56, Apr-Jun 2005 - DEXter, IndexAssistant, Power Index, WordEmbed

Haskins, Lucie, "Embedded Indexing", (pdf) ASI Pacific Northwest Chapter, 4/1/06, 41pp - 3rd party FrameMaker, Microsoft Word plugins emDEX, IXgen, DEXter, DEXembed; Apress and Microsoft processes

Haskins, Lucie, "Embedded Indexing", (pdf) ASI Colorado Chapter 4/29/06, 20pp - FrameMaker process; 3rd party FrameMaker, Microsoft Word plugins emDEX, IXgen, DEXter, DEXembed

Haskins, Lucie, "emDEX: Tremendous Functionality for This FrameMaker Plug-in", unpublished

Haskins, Lucie, "How do DEXembed and WordEmbed work?", (pdf) 2012

Haskins, Lucie, "Indexing in FrameMaker without tearing your hair out", (pdf) KeyWords Oct-Dec 2004

Haskins, Lucie, "Indexing in InDesign", (pdf) 2012

Haskins, Lucie, "IXgen demo handout", (pdf) ASI National Conference Session, 2002

Haskins, Lucie, "Learning about KPS (Kerntiff Publishing Systems) Indexing-related Plugins for InDesign", originally recorded on Oct 29, 2014, video on demand, ASI Online Learning Series.

Haskins, Lucie, "Repagination projects: knowing when to walk away and knowing when to run", (pdf) Key Words, Vol 18 No 1 pp 27-31, January-March 2010

Haskins, Lucie, "Using Kerntiff Publishing IndexUtilities InDesign plug-ins", (temp link) Kerntiff Publishing, 2013 (in progress for late 2013 issue of The Indexer)

Hedden, Heather, “Software for HTML Indexing: A Comparative Review.” (pdf) in The Indexer, Vol. 25, No. 1, April 2006: p. 32-37.

Jermey, Jon, “Linux and the indexer - a note”, The Indexer 27(3):135, September 2009

Jermey, Jon, “Metabrowser: automated metatagging of Web pages,” in Online Currents, Vol. 20 Issue 3. 2005. 6-7

Johncocks, Bill, "Embedded Indexing: First Choice for Authors?", Communicator, Aug 2006

Kvern, Olav Martin, David Blatner and Bob Bringhurst, "Real World InDesign CS6", (award winning index by Jan Wright), Peachpit Press, July 16, 2012, ISBN-13: 978-0321834614 - includes how to write InDesign scripts, author Kvern and indexer Wright wrote InDesign ePUB indexing scripts with Jan Wright on creating ePUB indexes in InDesign

Lamb, James A., "Embedded indexing", The Indexer Vol 24 No 4, Oct 2005 (PDF)

Lamb, James A., "Website Indexes: visitors to content in two clicks, or website indexing with XRefHT32 freeware", James Lamb, 27 Aug 2006

Mauer, Peg, "Embedded indexing, (pdf) Parts of this article were previously printed in KeyWords Jan/Feb 1998 and Sept/Oct 1998) and The Indexer April 2000 (includes FrameMaker and Microsoft Word; from Eastman Kodak Company, STC)

Mauer, Peg, "Embedded indexing in FrameMaker, (pdf) Conference Proceedings, STC, 1999

Prendergast, Alexia, "Using IXgen to manage markers", (pdf) Carolinas FUN, May 1999 - FrameMaker

Rao, Anitha A., "Indexing FrameMaker documents", STC India, Jan 2004

Scriptorium Publishing Services, Inc., "IXgen: Taming the Index Editing Process in FrameMaker", (pdf) Scriptorium, Research Triangle Park, NC, 2000

Unwalla, Mike, “Automating your Word indexes.”, (pdf) Communicator, Autumn 2003, pp30-32. (PDF copy)

Wright, Jan, "Jan Wright on creating ePUB indexes in InDesign", ePUBSecrets, Mar 7, 2012

Wyman, L. Pilar, “HTML Indexing -- a few hints on what it's all about” article about Web indexing tools, 2001.


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