How to make an index?
Thread poster: Oliver Behrendt

Oliver Behrendt  Identity Verified
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Spanish to German
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Nov 6, 2008


We translated a pretty extensive pdf document of more than 900 pages from English into Spanish. The english source document also has an index at the end with a few thousand entries. The problem is that this index has different sublevels and each one is seperately sorted. So, my question is how to sort the translated spanish index in alphabetical order. The tarnslation is in standard Word-Format (.doc,.rtf).Has anybody an idea? Thanks in advance.

[Bearbeitet am 2008-11-06 19:17]


KSL Berlin  Identity Verified
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German to English
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There is a sort function in Word Nov 6, 2008

Whether it is useful in this case depends, of course, on the structure of the text. It is usually best to place proper index tags in the text and auto-generate the index.


Alexei Abramov
Russian Federation
Local time: 12:44
English to Russian
Sorting is not a problem Nov 9, 2008

To sort text in Word, simply select what you want to sort and choose Table > Sort...

Index entries are usually ended with the number of the page where the entry is detailed. I can't tell about English-Spanish translation, but in my pair the Russian text is much longer than the English one, and the page numbering of the translated document differs materially. So if you simply translate the index and sort it in alphabetical order you would confuse the audience of the text since the index entries would most probably indicate wrong page numbers.

To avoid this, s Kevin rightly pointed out, you need to place index tags and generate the index automatically.


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