If you have ever tried to find something specific on the internet, you know that you cannot consult “The Internet Index”.
Instead you use a search engine, and hope that you will find useful results within the first few pages of search results.
Your first pass may result in hundreds of millions of search results. As you add more words to your search term, the number of results you obtain drops, but at some point you begin to notice that many of the results appear to have nothing to do with what you are trying to find.
Although Full Text Search may seem to be the answer to finding information in digital documents, studies have demonstrated that people can find information faster and with more accuracy using digital indexes.
Digital indexes can take more than one form. For documents in which the text does not reflow based on the device on which it is viewed, a print index can often be reused since the page numbers remain unchanged. On the other hand, documents in which the text reflows based on the device used by the reader, or changes the reader makes in the display (such as font size) the concept of page numbers ceases to exist.
In order to direct the reader to the proper place in the document, the index entries must lead to embedded anchors rather than page numbers. The way in which the embedding is done depends not only on the software used in the original manuscript but also on the editorial work flow leading to the final result.
I can work with whatever software and workflow best suits your purpose.