Dictionary-like tool-tips

Hi all, I’m quite new to Scrivener and maybe I’m missing something here, but I’d rather ask instead of reinventing the wheel. :confused:

I have several concepts I’d like to refer to within a particular project. Each of these concepts has a detailed explanation. Think of it as a dictionary. I’d like to be able to write something like this:

Where elit and auctor are concepts I’d like to refer to. Ideally, when on mouse-over for one of these words I’d like to see a tool-tip with its definition.

I tried storing each concept on its own document and using Scrivener links to refer to it. But there seems not to be a way of showing a tool-tip when using this approach. Or is it? Clicking on the link takes me to the definition, but I kind of loose context when doing that, particularly when working with a split editor.

If I use document footnotes or comments, I’d end up repeating the explanation on every document where the word is referred to, and if I later change the definition I’d have to replace all occurrences of that definition. Is this correct?

I suppose I could use project notes to store all concepts and definitions, but AFAIK it’s not possible to create a link to a segment of a project note (each segment being a concept). Or is it?

Any help on doing something like this or better yet, a more natural way to do it in Scrivener would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance.

A hover preview on a Scrivener Link would be a glorious thing, and I hope we get it some day. Or Project Comments, linking from and into any document.

But it’s tiresome to set up a Scrivener Link for each concept as you invoke it. So I’d suggest you keep an alphabetized Concepts document in the second editor, and simply locate the desired concept visually, and hover on it in that pane. You can then use Scriv’s terrific Comments system to keep potentially hundreds of pages of concept descriptions reachable as RTF tool tips in that single editor window, with nearly effortless maintenance in the bargain.

Good Luck – Jerome

Nice approach, JJSlote. It’s worth a try.