Jan Wright, owner of Wright Information Indexing Services, has been indexing and taxonomizing since 1991. Her experience in indexing and book production includes her years as a professional librarian, as a print production specialist in the Aldus Corporation documentation department, her work at Visio Corporation on the development of online help indexes and translated indexes, and her work for several Apple, Microsoft and Autodesk departments in indexing, taxonomies, and controlled vocabularies. She has specialized in encoding and embedding indexing into documents, allowing single-sourcing, translations, and repurposing materials into multiple output formats and versions. Much of her work is done in InDesign, Framemaker, XML, and other embedding tools.
She has been a member of the American Society for Indexing since 1991, has won several awards from the Society for Technical Communication, and in 2009 won the ASI/H.W. Wilson Award for Excellence in Indexing for her index to Real World InDesign CS3, the first technical trade book to win the prestigious award. Since 2011, she has co-chaired the American Society for Indexing's Digital Trends Task Force, which is focused on eBook and device-based indexing. She ushered ASI into membership with the International Digital Publishing Forum in order to get indexes included in EPUB 3.0 specifications, and co-wrote the Charter Document for the IDPF's Indexes Working Group. In her DTTF role, she has focused on outreach to publishers, conversion houses, tool developers, and software manufacturers, and is serving as indexing's liaison to an Adobe InDesign working group focusing on better EPUB output. She can be reached at wrightinformation.com, facebook, and followed on Twitter at @Windexing.