3 Replies Latest reply on Oct 13, 2017 5:18 PM by Nedlaw

    How to create a glossary of terms?


      Hello all,


      I'm not a total noob to InDesign, but I am unfamilar of all the wonders it can accomplish. For an internship, I'm putting together a textbook. There will be several bolded terms throughout the book that need to be placed, then defined, in a glossary section. I'm not sure whether or not they'll need a reference to the glossary right then and there. I know it's possible to create an index, so how do I create a glossary? I feel they might be similar. I've searched these forums and Google, but nothing seems to be giving me a straight answer.


      Could someone simply explain steps to do this? Do I have to do something with scripting? If so, how do I do that?


      I'm working on Adobe InDesign CS 5.5 version 7.5.2


      Thanks in advance for your help.

        • 1. Re: How to create a glossary of terms?
          Colin Flashman Adobe Community Professional

          There isn't a glossary creation tool in InDesign. A glossary has a list of words followed by their definitions, but doesn't need to refer to the page number.


          However, finding all the terms required for the glossary is something else. If the words used for the glossary have used a special Character Style (and not just bolded/italicised as an override of the format) then a script called "indexfromcharacterstyle" by Martin Fischer can do this. It creates an index based on the words which have a specific character style applied to them. A link to the script is here: http://indesign.hilfdirselbst.ch/text/indexeintrage-auf-der-basis-von-zeichenformaten.html but it's in german so may have to use Google Translate.


          If the words used for the glossary have been coloured using a different colour, then the script called "index_from_colour" by Thomas Silkjær could help. Works in a similar way to martin's script but looks for text colour rather than character style. It can be found here: http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Graphics/Index-From-Colour.shtml


          In either case, it will make the list of words within the book that need definitions. From here it is a case of adding the definitions.



          • 2. Re: How to create a glossary of terms?

            Dear Colly, thanks for your answer,


            I've download the charactar script, but your last sentence;

            From here it is a case of adding the definitions.

            seems to be a problem for me..


            Sorry, still working on figuring it out, but if someone can help giving a suggestion on how to add a definition to the index list, i would appriciate it very much.

            • 3. Re: How to create a glossary of terms?
              Nedlaw Level 1

              In FrameMaker, you can make a several different indexes -- an index of authors for example, an index of illustrations, or a glossary list. While InDesign over the years has borrowed much from Frame, it hasn't apparently borrowed the variety of index markers. In InDesign, you can make one index -- the topic index that customarily appears at the back of a book. That appears to be it. Generated lists of random markers do not appear to be available.


              I used that capability in Frame a great deal, and miss it in InDesign.