Talk:Definition of Terms

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This page should be unnecessary308:53, 29 November 2012

This page should be unnecessary

If we use the Category Glossary then we shouldn't need to have a manually created page called Glossary.

PeterT15:24, 28 November 2012

Are you suggesting that we should create a separate page for each term and classify each term under Glossary category?

HimalayanYati16:21, 28 November 2012


If the page name is the term (written out in full for acronyms) and the page content is te definition of the term (and includes the acronym) this has several advantages. For example you can use the {{:page name}} tags to embedd the definition on any other page. This means (a) that you only have to maintain one version of the definition and (b) you can use the What links to here function to find all the places where the term is used. You can also use the [[definition_page|acronym]] tags to create a rollover for acronyms (when yourollover the acronym you get the expanded term).

PeterT06:07, 29 November 2012

I've been having a play and most of what I said above is OK. However, I don't think that the idea of using the Category:Glossary is going to work. This is because if you create a page for a definition and include the Category:Glossary on that page, then any page where you embed that definition page is also categorised as Glossary. That is a nonsense.

So two options I can think of:

  • We don't bother having a Glossary page - on the basis that anywhere an acronym or term that needs defining is used we simply put a link to the definition page, so a glossary is unnecessary
  • We create a manual glossary page, which embeds the definition pages

My preference is the first of these options. Can you think of better alternatives?

PeterT08:53, 29 November 2012