February 20th, 2005

lost world

Forgotten Futures Rules - Multiple Files and an Index

A couple of people have suggested that I split the FF rules rewrite into multiple files, since the single one is so big. Given the chapter organisation that wouldn't be too difficult, but there's a snag; it'd make searching harder. I've been assuming that people would use their web browser's search function to find things, if I go the multiple file route that won't be possible. So I think I need to look at indexing.

So... is there any program that'll take a collection of HTML documents and index them? I could do it manually, of course, but I really don't want to if there's an alternative. I presume I'll have to shove a load of A NAME="xxxx" commands at suitable points, then build an index to them, but I suspect it's going to be a total pain to do this and link to all of them by hand. Any suggestions on ways of doing this, either automatically or good methods for organising the manual process, would be appreciated.

One possibility - I was thinking of making each link descriptive, e.g.
A NAME="MIND_CHARACTERISTIC"
A NAME="MIND_AND_SKILLS"
then taking each file, finding all these links, and putting them into another document, then doing a mass search and replace to turn each one into a link to the appropriate document and name. But I really don't feel that it's my forte, so suggestions would be appreciated.