An index is composed of an alphabetized list of index entries. The entries either have a page number or page range, or a cross-reference to another entry. Entries may also have subentries that provide supplemental or relational information.
Setup the template
The first step to creating an index is to design the master page or pages where you want the index to appear. If your index will extend beyond a single page, design both a starting master for the first page of your index and a continuing master for following pages.
For detailed information on InDesign master pages, see the InDesign Help article: Master Pages.
After you've finished designing your index master pages:
- Use the Text tool to drag out a new text frame that will contain the actual index.
- Select the text frame and choose Typefi Frame Type → Index from the Object menu, or right-click and choose Typefi Frame Type → Index from the context menu.
- Repeat this on each of your index master pages.
- Open the Typefi Sections panel.
- Choose New Typefi Section from the panel menu, or click the New Typefi Section button.
- Set the Section Type to Index, and then click OK.
Designing the index
Before you can generate an index you must define its appearance:
- Choose Generate Index from the Index panel menu
- Click More Options to show all the available formatting options.
InDesign includes a number of built-in paragraph and character styles for the index levels and styles. You can use these, or you can create and select your own styles.
For detailed information on defining the appearance of an InDesign index, see the InDesign Help article: Create an index.
Changing the sort order
To change the order of languages or symbols in your index:
- Choose Sort Options from the Index panel menu.
- Select the languages represented in your index (any entries in languages that aren’t selected will be sorted as Symbol).
- Using the Header Type popup menu, select the type of language script used for sorting.
- Optionally use the Up or Down buttons to change the priority order.
Index extras are a special type of Typefi Event Script that correct and extend InDesign's built-in indexing to:
- sort the index with true letter-by-letter or word-by-word (InDesign doesn't follow either system).
- condense sequential cross-references (for example, see teenagers; youth instead of see teenagers; see youth).
- insert locators for index entries that point to footnotes, tables, figures, charts, and such (for example, 334n14, 209t, 210f, etc.)
- use bold and italics within index entries
- recognize when a index entry spans multiple pages (for example, 19–20 instead of 19).
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