The software tools used to generate indexes come in many flavors and varieties. Which technique is used depends on variables such as budget, eventual re-usability of the source material, translation needs, time constraints, media used to publish the material, file sizes and transferal issues, and individual preferences.

There are several different methodologies for indexing and taxonomy development:
  • Standalone tools
  • Embedding tools
  • Tagging tools (a form of embedding with placeholder tags)
  • Taxonomy, thesaurus, and controlled-language software packages
  • Folksonomy and tag-related tools (tag cloud development)
  • Other software tools, including keywording, weighted-text search tools, automated indexing software (concordance software), abstracting and citation-control software, and web indexing software

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