Lately, I've noticed that using an index in a manual or reference book is practically useless.
Latest ExampleHaving recently bought a new car with tons of bells and whistles, it's sometimes nice to be able to find out exactly how to use a bell or whistle correctly. Even though most car manuals are now available in soft-copy form and are electronically searchable (making the Index irrelevant), I decided to order a hard-copy version of my car manual to keep inside the glove compartment...because I'm old-fashioned that way.
Recently Thaddeus was a passenger and asked me how the rear-view camera angles worked and what each of the three options meant.
So, in the alphabetical index, for the manual, what letter would you look up?
- R? - rearview camera, rear camera, reverse camera
- C? - camera
- B? - backup camera
- A? - angle of camera
No, of course not you idiot. You'd look it up under "M"
Yes, "M" - for multi-view camera
I know this sounds picky, but I have tried to use the manual's Index four times now, and have yet to ONCE find what I was looking for in the Index. Every time, I had to scan through the manual to find what I was looking for and try to reverse-engineer where to find it in the Index.
And this isn't the only example...another two books I use pretty regularly have one of the most useless indices I've ever used.
I know most people prefer soft-copies, but if you're going to include a fucking index in a book or manual, please make it a useful one. Don't just settle on some automated index-generating software.
Current KnittingFinished the Sock-Ease crochet scarf and now have to price and log it into Craft-Show Inventory.
I've very pleased with how the various colors of Sock-Ease have mixed quite quell in this scarf. I may have to consider writing up this crochet pattern.
I also finished a Tweed Lace scarf that I started a while ago.
Simple stitch pattern that looks pretty good on both sides, although definitely better on the front-side.
And I haven't given up on the endless garter stitch Biased Scarf.
I put the first/finished scarf in the bottom of the photo so you could see I'm about halfway through the second one.