Segue is an odd word. Its conjugated versions defy normal grammar and spelling rules, i.e. segueing, segued, etc. Pronunciation is a whole new challenge, as many understand the meaning and use it in day-to-day conversation, but when it comes time to spell it — that is a whole different story. This interesting and humorous approach to categorization and the oddities that can occur when misspellings happen was found on the Wordlady blog in her post, “When is a Segway not a segue?”

Erroneous categorization due to misspellings in the text being indexed can haunt a classification system because where one misspelling is found, others are likely to appear. Indexing rules that take context, misspellings, and homophones into account can provide much more accurate document and content categorization.

Proper indexing against a strong standards-based taxonomy increases the findability of data. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.