The medium is not the message: topic maps and the separation of presentation and content in indexes

Northedge, Richard
June 2008
Indexer;Jun2008, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p60
Academic Journal
The topic maps model is an ISO standard often presented as a semantic web technology aimed at knowledge management, but its origins lie in indexing. This article introduces the key concepts of topic maps, relates them to back-of-the-book indexing, and explores some of the possibilities of using a model such as topic maps to separate index content from presentation to meet the challenges of publishing index information in multiple formats.


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