This FAQ is to help explain the creation and use of glossaries in a Plato
- What are glossaries for?
- A glossary allows the author to produce a table of codes, abbreviations
or phrases, together with a corresponding definition or description
for each code.
- How do I define a glossary item?
- Each glossary item has key, a definition and a further
(optional) details field. You can also define its visibility.
- What is the visibility?
- See the general FAQ on
- What appears on the home page?
- As usual, a maintainer can configure the number of glossary items
to appear on the home page. The section contains the key and definition
of the first glossary items, sorted by key. The section header
is a link to the summary page.
- What appears on the summary page ?
- The summary page has three (two if the details field is not used)
columns for the key, definition and details fields. The items are sorted
by key. The site maintainer may chose the word or phrase used for each
- What are archived glossary items?
- Glossary items can be archived, rather than deleted. An indication
is given on the summary page if any archived glossary items exist and
the summary can be switched to display them. Glossary items can be un-archived
at a later date.
- What is the alert checkbox for?
- Most items allow the creator/updater to send a preset e-mail alert
to the list appropriate to the visibility level. It contains identification
of the creator/updater and a URL to view the item.
Chris French - 26 Feb 2004