16: Indexes

16.57: Computerized sorting

Chapter Contents / Alphabetizing

Few computerized sorting options—and none of the standard options available with ordinary word processors—can perfectly conform to either system of alphabetization as described here. Those using a word processor to create their indexes will have to edit the finished product for the glitches and inconsistencies that invariably remain. Because word processors tend to produce a variation on the word-by-word system, it may be easier to opt for that system rather than imposing letter-by-letter (see 16.58). Some dedicated indexing programs, on the other hand, have been specially programmed to sort according to the letter-by-letter or word-by-word system in conformance with the detailed guidelines presented in this section. See also 16.104, 16.67.