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    Plugin to create and interact with a Glossary in Confluence

    Plugin to create and interact with a Glossary in Confluence

    Plugin to create and interact with a Glossary in Confluence

    Glossary Space Blueprint

    Highlight and Select Definition to see it

    Free Open Source Software

    The glossary space blueprint sets up a space to contain glossary terms. A glossary space can be linked to one or more regular spaces by sharing a common space category.

    Highlighting a term, select the 'show definition' icon, and the definition will pop up.

    The source code for the plugin is publicly hosted on Bitbucket at https://bitbucket.org/keysight/keysight-plugins-for-atlassian-products

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    Keysight has decided to publicly release the plugins developed in-house to support our instance of Confluence. The source code for the plugins is available under an Apache 2 license from https://bitbucket.org/keysight/keysight-plugins-for-atlassian-products.

    The glossary plugin is a very simple implementation. First, a glossary space is created from the Glossary Space Blueprint. What makes it a glossary are the top level pages A, B, C... and the space category "glossary". The glossary can then be linked to a space by having the two share a common space category (i.e. add the same space category to both the glossary space and linked space.) A use can then highlight a word or phrase in the space and select the definition icon. That will pop up the contents of the page with that title in the Glossary space, give the user the option to create the definition if it does not exist and they have permissions to do so or finally request that the admins of the Glossary space define the term.

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    by Michael Scholze on 2019-05-27
    Attention: This addon caused our Confluence (6.15.1) to prevent future Space creation because of an Error in the Blueprints dialogue / SQL Table. This is caused because after uninstallation of this App the entry "AO_54C900_SPACE_BLUEPRINT_AO" remains in the Confluence Blueprints Table.
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    by Luisa Falk on 2019-01-28
    The free plugin brings everything with what a glossary needs. We like to use it.
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    by Martin Ziegler on 2018-06-05
    Once setup this add-ons works like a charm. Similar to the previous reviewer an optional highlight mechanism would be very much appriciated. Some ideas for improvement - a way to link singular/plural of a word - If a user requests a new word for inclusion, he/she should be able to provide a definition of this word
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    by Alex Saalfeld on 2018-02-21
    After a major bug disappeared this plugin seems to be a nice solution to include a glossary. It would be great to have a mechanism to highlight a glossary term (like Macro or Link Detection)
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    by Admin on 2017-09-20
    It's nice and _so_ close - the popup etc works nicely. There's just one (fairly major) issue - the words aren't highlighted. That is you just see normal text - there's no way to know if a word has a definition in the glossary or not. I appreciate that this may be difficult/impossible to achieve but it does limit the usefulness. PS: Ensure you read the docs about setup (add a space, add both spaces to the same category - this works well).
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    Keysight Technologies

    Hi, thanks so much for taking the time to give feedback. As the inception, there was a lot of debate about highlighting text on the page that could link to defined terms. There is a technical challenge in that it means scanning for every page in the glossary every time a page gets loaded which just causes performance problems, but there was also an ideological battle. While this may not be always true, we felt that most users don't want to know which terms are defined on a page but rather what is the meaning of a particular term they read. If they highlight it and there is a definition - great, it gets shown! If not, the plugin gives the person the ability to either define it themselves or to request the admins of the glossary space to define it. We felt that flow was more inline with the content reader's perspective than highlighting all of the terms that have glossary definintions. (Though for an author, it might be nice to see what terms have been defined and if any have been missed, but that was deemed a lesser use case and not worth the performance challenges.)

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    Version 2.2.5 Confluence Server 5.6 - 6.15.7 Released 2018-02-04


    Bug fix


    Prior to this release, the child pages in the glossary were created in a wierd way such that the page restrictions did not resolve correctly making the pages inaccessible. Moving the pages using the Confluence re-order tool fixed the issue. In this plugin, a slighly different API call was used to establish the parent/child relationships and the restrictions are being properly inherited.


    1. Log into your Confluence instance as an admin.
    2. Click the admin dropdown and choose Add-ons. The Manage add-ons screen loads.
    3. Click Find new apps or Find new add-ons from the left-hand side of the page.
    4. Locate Glossary via search. Results include app versions compatible with your Confluence instance.
    5. Click Install to download and install your app.
    6. You're all set! Click Close in the Installed and ready to go dialog.

    To find older Glossary versions compatible with your instance, you can look through our version history page.