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James Roller
CS3 Index Anomaly
on Feb 18, 2010 at 11:45:59 pm

Creating an index for a high school yearbook that I advise. Remember having this problem in the past (last year?), but don't remember the solution. I did search both the web and these forums, but alas....


Using Snow Leopard with CS3 (5.0.4).

Have a list of names (class pages). Have the following:

Jenna Grooms
Donald Grove
Nancy Ha
Paige Hadler
Tyler Hall
Jason Hammond
Gregory Harrelson

Selected all names in a story.

Pressed Shift Option Command Right Bracket

The resulting index lists them in the following order:

Hadler, Paige
Hall, Tyler
Hammond, Jason
Ha, Nancy
Harrelson, Gregory...

This is true throughout. Looking at another set of names in the index palette:


Valari Grant
Justin Gravlee
Anthony Green
Christianna Green
Evangelene Green
Johnna Green

Navania Green
Richard Green
Shakeila Greene
Erik Gregg
Marikah Gregg


I end up with the following...


...Green, Christianna
Greene, Shakeila
Green, Evangelene


Upon closer inspection, one recognizes that InDesign is indexing oblivious of the fact that there is a comma and the first name. In the Ha case, InDesign perceives the name as "han..." instead of Ha, N.... In the case of Shakeila Greene, InDesign sees "Greenes..." (or Greene, Shakeila) which would logically precede "Greenev...." (or Green, Evangelene).

So, obviously, this is a bug.

How do I squish it?

Thanks in advance....


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James Roller
Re: CS3 Index Anomaly
on Feb 20, 2010 at 6:43:09 pm

Looks like it is not specific to CS3. Downloaded CS4, created a new document and tried Larry Ha, Nancy Ha, Able Ham.

Indexed them like this:

Ha, Larry
Ham, Able
Ha, Nancy

Really an absurd error. I have submitted it as a bug to Adobe.


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