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Open Access Diacritics for indexers

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Each person who works on a file needs to ensure that those who come after will see all of the intended characters correctly. Changing fonts so that you can see the actual character on screen is extremely dangerous to the project. Even using the Unicode character set of a single font collection may result in conflicts. But if you mix fonts, for example using Arial throughout the index except for a couple of characters from the Tahoma font, you are virtually guaranteeing that the typesetter will produce master pages with errors. So, argues Gale Rhoades, take the safe route and use codes to indicate non-basic characters (asking advice from your publisher as to what they would like). And if you've got away with it so far? That's fine until…

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-12-01

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  • The Indexer is published by the Society of Indexers on behalf of all the indexing societies, seeks to cover the full range of subjects, from articles at the cutting edge of new techniques to contributions discussing in a practical way the new tools available to indexers at all points in the technical spectrum or exploring the history of indexing. Its extensive reviews section covers both printed and electronic material, including websites and hardware and software of interest to the indexer, while 'Indexes Reviewed' highlights some of the best (and worst) examples of indexing in action. And, in 'Around the World', it keeps readers up to date with what is going on across the international indexing community. First published in 1958 on a twice-yearly basis, it moved in 2008 to a quarterly publication.
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