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 Administration > 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 Administration > 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 Administration > 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.

How can I make a glossary global?

See this forum thread on making a glossary global.

What is the code for the different display formats?

The table below summarises the different display formats.

Format Entry Author Date Definition Images Attachments
Entry list x - - x x link
Simple Dictionary x - - x x link
Continuous x - - x x link
FAQ x - x x x link
Full without Author x - x x x link
Full with Author x x x x x link
Encyclopedia x x x x x x*

* Attached images are shown inline.


See also