The Difference Between Binary and Site Map Indexes
This type of index is used only with compiled help (.chm) files. The following are some characteristics a binary index:
- Good for large indexes because its compiled size is very small.
- Is automatically sorted during compile. A help author cannot customize how a binary index is sorted.
- Can be merged with other indexes. All indexes are then sorted at compile time as one.
- Can be used with KLinks to create links to specific topics.
- Will automatically merge keywords added to HTML files with Keyword links (KLinks) added to the index file.
This type of index must be used when authoring an index for a Web site. It can also be used with compiled help files. The following are some characteristics of a site map index:
- Works on a Web site.
- Help author has complete control over how the index is sorted.
- Works without being compiled (but can also be compiled).
- Same index can be used for Web site and compiled help file.
- Is better to use with smaller indexes because site map indexes are larger than binary indexes.
- Keywords are not merged with other indexes or sorted during compile.
- KLinks do not work with site map indexes.
The method you use for creating keywords depends on whether you are creating an index that will be used in a compiled help file, on a Web site, or in a situation where there are multiple indexes.
Build date: 4/14/2012