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synonyms with multiple words (acronyms)

Apr 26, 2012 6:29 AM

OK, any tech writer knows that some organizations wouldn't be what they are without seven million acronyms.

 

I want to set up my synonym lists so that if a user searches for, say,  "BB," they will get "Berry Burst," too.

 

But the synonym list will only allow BB to equal one other word. Any recommendations for other ways to do this? The keywords seem cumbersome

 
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    Apr 26, 2012 6:45 AM   in reply to twxrx

    Please see the Sticky Topic Before You Post and note the section Include the Edition and Version.

     

    I just tested in RoboHelp 9. I was able to duplicate both Words and Synonyms.

     

    As a user a duplicated synonym could be confusing as the results will be for both words.

     


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    Apr 26, 2012 6:48 AM   in reply to Peter Grainge

    A bit more testing shows the problem is with two character words.

     

    The more people who report a bug or request a feature, the more likely it is to be actioned. Please follow this link.

     

    http://www.Adobe.com/cfusion/mmform/index.cfm?name=wishform&product=38

     


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    Apr 26, 2012 6:57 AM   in reply to twxrx

    Hi there

     

    You are quite nicely illustrating why an Index is much preferred over a Search.

     

    In the Index, you add the term BB and you are able to point to topics that list Berry Blast or whatever you like.

     

    However, I totally agree with my esteemed colleague Peter in that you really should consider adding your concerns to the Wish Form so the developers are aware of the need or desire to accomplish what you are wanting to accomplish.

     

    Cheers... Rick

     

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    Apr 26, 2012 7:06 AM   in reply to twxrx

    LOL, my own users LOVED the search!

     

    Wanna know why? Because they didn't have one!

     

    I pulled the ole switcharoo and gave them a nice index that was LABELED Search. But you likely can't do that.

     

    As I understand it, you are wanting something that I'm guessing even ZoomSearch may not provide. You want them to search for BB and end up finding Berry Blast (or whatever term) and have that term highlighted. No? I bow to Peter the ZoomSearch king around here, but I'd be shocked if even ZoomSearch allowed that.

     

    The only other thing I can think of here is to maybe create a Glossary Topic that would list your terms in a large table. In one column, you have the term BB and in the other, the other possibilities that you could then link out to appropriate topics. Then a search would find BB and present "Glossary" where they could more easily figure things out.

     

    Cheers... Rick

     

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    Apr 26, 2012 7:14 AM   in reply to Captiv8r

    @twxrx Synonyms are single word, you are trying to add a phrase.

     

    @rick Took you long enough to find something ZoomSearch does not cover! I'll ask if it is something they could enable.

     


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    Apr 30, 2012 1:24 AM   in reply to twxrx

    I took this up with ZoomSearch and they confirmed there are difficulties with phrase synonyms but they continue to look at it.

     

    They also mentioned a feature they do have. "They could consider using Recommended Links, which DO work for phrases. So that you can have both "BB" and "Berry Burst" bring up a recommended link to the Berry Burst page for example."

     


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    Apr 30, 2012 5:59 AM   in reply to twxrx

    To be fair, the dictionary says a synonym is a word that can substitute another, not a phrase.

     

    If ZoomSearch haven't cracked it, you can bet it is not easy.

     


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