Glossary FAQ

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How can I turn on glossary auto-linking?

  1. The glossary auto-linking filter should be enabled by an administrator in Settings > Site administration > Plugins > Filters > Manage filters.
  2. Each glossary entry should have the "This entry should be automatically linked" box checked.

How can I make glossary entries auto-link to the first instance on a page ONLY?

To stop the linking of every instance, an administrator can enable either 'Filter match once per page' or 'Filter match once per text' in Settings > Site administration > Plugins > Filters > Common filter settings.

How can I delete a glossary entry attachment?

Simply delete the glossary entry and add a new one.

How can I enable glossary auto-linking in uploaded HTML files?

In Settings > Site administration > Plugins > Filters > Common filter settings, set filteruploadedfiles to "All files" or "HTML files only".

How can I exempt individual words from auto-linking to a Glossary entry?

If you don't want particular text to be linked (in a Forum post, say) then:

  1. In Edit mode, locate and click the Toggle HTML Source button on the formatting toolbar (appears as '<>' symbol)
  2. Locate the piece of text you want to exempt from autolinking
  3. Before and after the text respectively, add <nolink> and </nolink>.
  4. Save and check.

How can I prevent glossary auto-linking in a quiz?

  1. In Settings > Quiz administration > Filters turn the glossary auto-linking filter off
  2. Click the 'Save changes' button

How can I make a glossary "read only" for students?

How do I import entries from another glossary?

See Import glossary entries.

I am frustrated trying to import my old images glossary into my new glossary with XML

Here is a workaround, there has to be an easier way but

  • Create a webfolder that you can link to. For example call it "images"
  • Add images to that folder
  • Export your XML file and edit it
  • Change the src="@@PLUGINFILE@@/ to something line src="Mydomain.edu/images/ for every entry in the file.
  • Save the XML file with a different name
  • Import that new XML file into your new glossary

Now when you use the course import feature, your glossary will work in the new course.

How can I make a glossary global?

See this forum thread on making a glossary global.


See also