Indexing the content of a DVD of a lecture series for an accompanying book-commentary raises several novel issues. Time codes have to be clearly referenced, entry headings have to reflect the way information is stored in auditory memory, and the rhetoric of lecturing has to be taken into account. The task is made more difficult by a general uncertainty over how a DVD index will actually be used. A warning is given about the way film-editing and subtitling procedures can adversely affect the indexer.
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.