RE: Implementing a glossary

Subject: RE: Implementing a glossary
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2005 10:44:45 -0500


Way back in March 2001, David McClelland wrote an article showing how to
use Dreamweaver to create an XML-based Glossary Manager. The teaser can
be found at http://elementkjournal.com/premier/showArticle.asp?aid=2471
-- I didn't shell out $17.25 to read the whole article.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sean Hower
> Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 10:07 AM
> To: TECHWR-L
> Subject: re: Implementing a glossary
>
> > I'm currently compiling a glossary to accompany our next software
> > release. Once we have the content gathered, I need to
> > figure out how
> > to get this information out to the user.
> > 1. There is no user guide.
> > 2. There is a feature guide and a dev guide.
> > 3. The content is context sensitive.
> > 4. Project size.
>
> This sounds like a job for XML! Because you are dealing with
> context-sensitive content that will be accessed by users who
> are already working online, you should be able to use login
> or other user information to filter an XML-based glossary
> similar to the one that I have on my Web site:
>
> http://hokum.freehomepage.com/Content/Glossary/XMLGloss.html
>
> This uses XML, XSL, JavaScript, and HTML. All definitions are
> located in a single XML file and the JavaScript filters out
> and displays selected definitions based on the glossary you
> click. There are even a handful of "duplicate" terms that
> have different definitions depending on which glossary you're
> viewing. You might consider something similar--filtering on
> the context instead.

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