Replacement for Glossary?

Hi,

Anyone come up with a good method to replace the Engage Glossary?

I always liked the look and feel of it, however, in SL has anyone come up with any good designs for alternatives that work well, especially in iPad?

The best I've come up with yet is putting a button in the Master Slide that links to a Lightbox Slide that has a big Scroll Panel in it.

Would be interested to hear other ideas.

Bruce

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John U

We created a glossary that looks similar to the Presenter Engage version. It is used for the iPad; although, it could be used to replace the Engage version on all SL platforms. This is a prototype. If you view it on the iPad, click the Glossary tab for the new version and on Flash based browsers, the Glossary tab will display the Engage version..

Michael Fimian

Hi John,

Sounds simple -- except we have more than 100 items.  may be worth a shot, hever with stripped don info to just test out the idea with 100+ terms -- see if it works before cutting and pating all the text over...

Thanks for the advice John, and for the file;  I look forward to taking it apart!

Michael

Rusty Worden

Thanks for sharing the Storyline file - two questions - and I am really new at Storyline, so forgive the basic nature of this:

1 - You are adding 1 to the GlossaryToggle var... why? What are you doing with that value?

2 - How are you targeting the Glossary link text to open your glossary instead of the built in one?

Thanks in advance - if you can help me out here I think I will be on my way to doing some more custom fun stuff.

Michael Shannon

John U said:

Michael,

Each term opened a definition on a corresponding unique layer.  Our glossary contains only about 25 terms, so it was relatively easy to set up.  If, however, the glossary contains a large number of terms, it could become unwieldy.  You can view the Story here.

John


Hey John. Nice solution. In your file you have the glossary but I didn't see an example of you linking from a term on a slide directly to that same term in the glossary. Could you provide some details on how you were accomplishing this?

TIA

John U

Michael,

Thanks for your comment. 

Since the glossary was small, we chose not to link from a words or phrases.  Instead, the glossary was displayed by clicking the Glossary tab.

There are probably a few ways to create that type of link.  The first that occurred to me was to create a GlossaryIndex variable and assign each item in the glossary an index value.  Then place a transparent shape (a hotspot can be used, but I prefer shapes) over each linkable term on your slides.  When the term is clicked, the GlossaryIndex variable would be set to the index value of the appropriate glossary item.  Then, when the glossary slide is loaded, check for a GlossaryIndex value and display that layer.

This is a pretty simple approach, but can be rather labor intensive if you have a lot of glossary terms and linkable words in your text.

I set up a simple example.  Load this Story and publish it.  Then click on "Business Roundtable", "Return On Investment", or "ROI".

John

Steven Mills

John U said:

We created a glossary that looks similar to the Presenter Engage version. It is used for the iPad; although, it could be used to replace the Engage version on all SL platforms. This is a prototype. If you view it on the iPad, click the Glossary tab for the new version and on Flash based browsers, the Glossary tab will display the Engage version..


How did you set it so that the glossary and resources blue buttons (not in the menu bar) appears on the iPad version but not in the Flash version when launching from the same link? Thanks!