# [NTG-context] Quick way to proofread / check index entries?

Bruce Horrocks ntg at scorecrow.com
Sun Sep 4 18:35:27 CEST 2022


> On 3 Sep 2022, at 19:51, Bruce Horrocks via ntg-context <ntg-context at ntg.nl> wrote:
>
> My own fault for not thinking head :-) but I have a largeish text with a lot of \index{...} entries. To make life easier for the proofreader I would like to temporarily redefine \index to wrap it or replace it with something that will highlight indexed items in the text where they occur, e.g. change their colour.
>
> I could do this with a global find and replace (across many files) to replace \index with \MyIndex, say, and then define a \MyIndex that understands the various parameter options but this is a hassle. Before I do this, is there anything already pre-built?
>
> The ultimate aim is to enable a proofreader to see each indexed term where it appears in order to judge whether the term deserves to be in the index at all. (Working backwards from the index itself is possible but clicking a page number, trying to find the term on the page, then reading the context to make a decision is quite hard work - much easier to read through and deal with the terms as they appear.)

Thanks for the suggestions Richard and Mikael.

For the benefit of the list I went with the following quick'n'dirty™ approach which will be good enough:

\def\index{\dosingleempty\debugIndex}
\def\debugIndex[#1]#2{%
\iffirstargument
\null% Ignore it for now
\else
\inmargin[color=blue,stack=yes,style=ssxx]{#2}%
\fi
}

\def\startregister{\dotripleempty\debugStartRegister}
\def\debugStartRegister[#1][#2][#3]#4{%
\inmargin[color=darkgreen,stack=yes,style=ssxx]{↓ #2}%
}

\def\stopregister[#1][#2]{\inmargin[color=darkred,stack=yes,style=ssxx]{↑ #2}}

—
Bruce Horrocks
Hampshire, UK



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