Audiences and accessibility together form one of what I call the “Ten Principles for Creating Better Indexes.” The other principles (or characteristics) are accuracy (part 6), comprehensiveness and conciseness (parts 4–5), common sense (part 2), consistency and clarity (parts 8–9), reflexivity (part 3), metatopic and index structure (part 7), and readability (part 1).
In one way, it’s fitting to discuss audiences at this juncture in the Heartland chapter’s concerns. The chapter’s shift from newsletter to blog communications is due in part to audience considerations, and it will also aid accessibility.
This final essay in the Creating Better Indexes series also comes with its own transition, from a series of short newsletter essays to a full-length, expanded book, Ten Characteristics of Quality Indexes, set for June 14, 2016, publication.*