[NTG-context] [Context] Xindy

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Sat Sep 13 12:21:21 CEST 2008

Gour wrote:
>>>>>> "Mojca" == Mojca Miklavec <mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com> writes:
> Mojca> Hello Gour, This is not a question for this mailing list, but
> Mojca> rather for Hans himself.
> OK.
> Mojca> ConTeXt doesn't use makeindex, so I don't really understand your
> Mojca> complaints about makeindex.
> Well, I mentioned 'makeindex' in the context of the tool which cannot
> properly handle Unicode, afaik.
> Mojca> What features exactly do you miss? 
> I'm not sure if indexing-feature in ConTeXt allow me to use English,
> Croatian and Sanskrit diacritics (not Devanagari) all in one document and define that I
> want e.g. that \'{s}, \d{s} has to be sorted under 'Š' ?
> In short, xindy allows one to define his own sort-rules.

you can define your own sort order (in mkiv this is somewhat easier 
because there we're in unicode space)

> Mojca> It makes no sense to discuss distributing something before it can
> Mojca> be used with ConTeXt.)
> Right, that's why also asked "Now I'm interested how is support for
> Xindy in ConTeXt" hoping that the context-distribution list has enough
> knowledgeable people able to answer it.
> Excuse me for the noise...redirecting to other list...

personally i have no plans for using xindy (i looked into it real long 
ago but at that time it was rather latex oriented and could not carry 
enough info around which i want in context)

currently the index mechanism in mkiv still uses the same tex interface 
when typesetting the index itself, but i will provide a more extensive 
mechanism (first i redo the sectioning and list); at that point we will 
also have one-pass index handling

of course, if someone wants to write a m-xindy, i can provide additional 
interfaces/hooks if needed


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