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A-Z Indexes to Enhance Site Searching (05 Jan 2005)
A-Z indexes are most suitable for intranets or sites with repeat visitors, and for sites of a medium size that are not changing too rapidly.

Cheap or free site search engines and “site index” generation tools can quickly set up some form of searching for many sites but for a highly effective search and increased user satisfaction, a professionally written A-Z index is still the best option. An A-Z index as an interface for a database is a possible solution for sites with pages added or removed frequently.

If human-crafted indexes have been effective in helping readers find information in millions of non-fiction books and manuals, then they ought to be useful for many content-rich Web sites.
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