I know the table of contents feature seems to work well, as I've used it
quite a bit in the past.
But creating an alphabetical index (a first for me, at least using Writer)
seems to have a number of rather annoying features. I've provided an
experiment you can do at the end, but first let me discuss the issues.
1) When creating an alphabetical index, the Columns feature works as
expected, BUT ONLY FOR THE STANDARD (DEFAULT) PAPER SIZE! If I attempt to
use columns on a 6" x 9" page, Writer still seems to assume a "standard"
paper size and doesn't seem to know that I'm using a 6" x 9" page. Thus no
matter how I try to tweak the setup, the right column is almost completely
off the page on the right. So I can't use columns for the Index - Bummer,
but not the end of the world.
2) If I go through and highlight each entry that I want indexed, everything
works great (so far as I can tell), and I have the options for "match case"
and "whole words only." But in a long document, using a concordance file
certainly seems to make more sense, and it SEEMS TO WORK, but it actually
Issue a) No matter what boxes are checked, Writer goes and marks ALL
instances of whatever the concordance entry has: regardless of whether or
not it is a whole word or whether the capitalization matches.
Issue b) If you add another entry to the concordance file and "Update
Index/Table," all instances (even incorrect ones) of the new entry are
indeed marked within the file and added to the index, but every earlier
entry GETS AN ADDITIONAL marker. As I modify the concordance file to add new
items and update the index, I find that the earliest entries have as many
markers as the number of updates I've done.
Here's an experiment you can do:
Open a new document using whatever standard size is in effect.
At the top of the document, type dt and press F3. This generates the dummy
In a separate text editor create a concordance file with the following
Back in the document, create a new index at the bottom of the page, and mark
"Case Sensitive." Then choose the concordance file created above.
You'll see that the words "himself" and "along" are marked in the document
and included in the index as "Self" and "Long", even though these words
never appear in the text. Now add the following entry to the concordance
Find it? It actually marked the last three letters of the word "sweat" which
doesn't match the case.
In a three hundred plus page document with a surname index this tends to
make the index pretty useless, since it's cluttered with erroneous entries
which will drive you nuts looking on a referenced page to find something
that just isn't there.
Sadly, I've obviously done that, which brings up another issue:
How do I get rid of the index markers? Going through one by one is far too
tedious. I recall that the alternate search and replace had a selection for
"index" under properties, but the I downloaded that and the latest version
seems to have a serious bug which doesn't let you get to a specific entry on
the drop down list for "properties" so that's out. And I don't know if that
would be what I need anyway.
Any help would be appreciated.
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