I'm trying to change the output of \see in the index. The default outcome is:

John Doe see Doe, John.

I'd like to add a new command or change this one to my native language. I tried to declare a \newcommand or to \renewcommand but I'm failing syntax as I keep on getting errors when latexing the document. (Not even dare to replicate them here.)

P.S: I guess that changing see to classical ways, such as vd. or vide would do the trick for most languages.

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    The command you have to change is \seename; with babel this is automatic. – egreg Jul 24 '13 at 22:22
  • I am using babel. And \index{John Doe|see{Doe, John}} results in see. Apparently it is not affected by Babel. – John Jul 24 '13 at 22:51
  • The solution in How to change the name of document elements like "Figure", "Contents", "Bibliography" etc.? does not work for me. Maybe it is because I'm using multind package. I believe it overrides makeidx because it declares this \def\see#1#2{{\em see\/} #1}. – John Jul 24 '13 at 23:04

The multind package is really old and didn't follow the change in makeidx when the explicit see was changed into seename.

You can correct this by saying

\renewcommand*{\see}[2]{\emph{\seename} #1}

after having loaded multind. This should adjust the compatibility with babel. If you need to change \seename, then add something like


(for instance \captionsitalian if your language is Italian).

There are more recent packages for multiple indices: index, splitidx and imakeidx. I'm biased towards the last one. ;-)

  • It worked. Although now it also shows the page where the index entry, which it shouldn't as it is a crossreferring index entry. Actually \see didn't show the page. P.S: I din't tried imakeidx. I didn't run into it when I looked for a multiple index package. As for the other two, I liked multind better. – John Jul 24 '13 at 23:21
  • @John Sorry, I typed [1] instead of [2] – egreg Jul 24 '13 at 23:23

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