Glossary or index workaround?

I would like to create a glossary (and index) from my project. I am wondering is there a way to highlight words throughout the project and somehow end up with a printout/file/screen of the selected words ONLY that I can just then copy and paste into a new text page where I can then create the entry for each one. Thanks.

Hmm, unless you used it for nothing else at all, you could highlight the word with an annotation then use File/Export/Comments & Annotations. Or you could highlight the word and then paste the word into a linked comment. Either way. It won’t give you page back-refs though, so—not terribly useful as an index.

Building a glossary is something that I’ve been turning over in my mind periodically. Since I work mostly in editing translations which are done by different people, to have a glossary to hand of specialised expressions and terms would be most useful, but I have not thought of a way of doing it within Scrivener. My thinking goes mostly in the direction of setting it up in a spreadsheet, imported into the research area and set to open in the original application.

That doesn’t solve the indexing problem, but for that I’d export the text, open it up in my word-processor and do the indexing in that. As I use Nisus Writer Pro, it would be possible to use a format such as bold-italic, or enclose words to be indexed in some kind of bracketing system and then use the Powerfind Pro grep system or a macro to remove the bracketing and apply NWP’s indexing mark-up to all those words and go from there. There is a Nisus Writer “Ioa-alike” by the name of Kino, who is as expert at producing Macros for NWP as Martin himself, and is always willing to help anyone who is stuck or unable to create such a macro.

Very clever…this might work. The only problem is when compiling a final all the terms show up in brackets and in red. Is there either a way to stop this or is there a blanket command that could remove ALL annotations in a file (full of various chapters) at once? If not I will just have to do a replace in word to get rid of the brackets. Almost there. Thanks very much.

Mark…sorry…I must admit your post had me a little lost but yes, doing it the annotation way will allow me to create a list that I can import into excel, alphabetize, and paste back into scrivener to then add the entries. My final will end up in Indesign so having that list will enable to me to easily create an index as Indesign will automatically go and find all references to that word. I was dreading having to literally eyeball my work to do all this manually but it looks like I will not have to after all.

You can strip out annotations/comments completely during compile. The options for that are in the Footnotes/Comments pane of the compiler.

Thanks AmberV…you just waved a magic wand!

You’re welcome!

I just hope that in the future we will have a true glossary feature, one that would auto link glossary terms to their definitions on compile.

There are no plans for anything like it, but who knows for 3.0 or 4.0.

While we are on the subject it would be really great f I could highlight words throughout the document that I maybe highlight or add as “Index” and when I do a compile these show alphabetized at the end of the document.

It would also be great if I could somehow take these index entries and maybe check a box on each one I would also like to make a glossary term. Input the definition of the term and at the end of a compilation the file generates both a glossary (first) and then an index.

This would truly make an already great product even better. After completing 4 books in Scrivener, functions like these would be most helpful.

The [[term]] is a good solution for inserting links. The only thing that remains is the ability to define one folder as “index”.