Choosing Subject Keywords for WWW

Terry Allen (
Fri, 18 Mar 1994 18:17:22 --100

It would be best to try to constrain the keywords used as a basis
for indexing Web documents. A well known and tested scheme is the
Library of Congress's set of Subject Headings. You can browse
these on-line through LOCIS (also available through Marvel, but
still only as a telnet session):
then choose 1, then 6.

It would be useful to have a tool that guided people through this
process, prompted for additional desired info (last-modified, etc)
and spit out an HTML HEAD section (or whatever other format turns
out to be appropriate).

For technical subjects not well covered by the LC Subj Heads,
there must be analogous sets of terms developed by librarians
in those subject areas.


Terry Allen  (
Editor, Digital Media Group
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
Sebastopol, Calif., 95472