Engage | Spotlight on Glossary

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This is Part 11 of an 11-part series on Engage Interaction Types – More Than Meets the Eye.

Need to sort a number of words or phrases alphabetically for easy access by your users? Sound like a glossary? The Engage Glossary interaction can be a good ol’ fashioned glossary or it can be leveraged for much more.

Engage | Spotlight on Glossary


From the basic corporate glossary of terms to a more complex inventory of tools used by the manufacturing department, the Engage Glossary interaction allows for automatic sorting and alphabetizing of your terms. And don’t forget to add some audio or imagery to your terms to make your glossary more interesting and memorable.

These are some ways you might leverage the Glossary interaction:

  • Alphabetized or categorized FAQs
  • A dictionary for your new product training
  • A guideline of your company’s 300 unique acronyms
  • An employee directory by last name with individual position descriptions and photos
  • A guide of students enrolled in your course so they can get to know one another
  • An overview of the systems used by the finance department
  • Key contacts in a complex training organization
  • Definition of all the parts needed for assembling the new tractor

An 11-Part Series: Engage Interaction Types – More Than Meets the Eye

  1. Engage Interaction Types – More Than Meets the Eye
  2. Engage | Spotlight on Process Interaction
  3. Engage | Spotlight on Labeled Graphic
  4. Engage | Spotlight on Tabs Interaction
  5. Engage | Spotlight on Circle Interaction
  6. Engage | Spotlight on Timeline Interaction
  7. Engage | Spotlight on Media Tour
  8. Engage | Spotlight on FAQ
  9. Engage | Spotlight on Pyramid Interaction
  10. Engage | Spotlight on Guided Image
  11. Engage | Spotlight on Glossary

26 responses to “Engage | Spotlight on Glossary”


Is it possibel to have 0 – 9 number tabs displayed next to A-Z for those glossary items that start with numbers and not letters.

Jacques // Posted at 8:29 am on November 15th, 2006

Hi Jacques-

Good question. Numbers are currently not supported in the Glossary interaction, but I’ve logged this request for consideration in a future release.

Gabe Anderson // Posted at 10:44 am on November 15th, 2006

Is it possible to hyperlink a word in a description to another entry in the Glossary?

Dave // Posted at 3:21 pm on June 4th, 2007

Hi Dave- Although that’s not possible (please submit a feature request), you can, however, create an index page with links that go directly to a particular word.

gabe // Posted at 6:57 pm on June 4th, 2007

How do I create an engage glossary without having to physically type it? Is there a way for me to “import” an existing glossary into engage? I have it as a word doc and that didn’t work, I tried it as a ppt and that didn’t work, I tried a ppt that I published to the web with articulate and that didn’t work. Please tell me that there is a way to import material into engage so I don’t have to re-type it. My glossary has 121 entries.

michelle traverse // Posted at 4:52 pm on November 13th, 2007

Hi Michelle-

You can copy ‘n paste from your Word doc into Engage. You’re also welcome to submit a feature request about an import feature.

gabe // Posted at 4:21 pm on November 15th, 2007


Wondered if you could advise me what the limit is for glossary terms?

I would also like to ask if we could modify to alphabet tabs to others. For example could I use replace alphabets with shapes indexed glossary?

Yee Ming // Posted at 8:06 pm on February 19th, 2008

Hi Yee Ming-

The glossary is currently limited to 500 terms.

You can currently only use letters, but feel free to submit a feature request for other ideas you have.

gabe // Posted at 9:57 am on February 20th, 2008

The font size for the glossary entry is too large and many of our corporate acronyms are not fully visible and make it tough to see. Is it possible to either change the font size of just the glossary entries on the left or make them so the wrap to the next line?

Aaron // Posted at 12:19 pm on February 20th, 2009

AARON – I would like to control the entry font size as well. The only thing I have discovered so far is uder the interaction propoerties / glossary options you can chnage the term list width so you have more room for the terms – but then less for the content! If you find out how to chnage to font let me know.

Gordon // Posted at 9:47 am on June 24th, 2009

I have created my glossary in Engage. I would like to add it to the top of my presentation to allow the user to click on it as a reference at any point. Does anyone know how I do this?

Liz // Posted at 11:50 am on March 24th, 2010

Hi Liz- from Engage, go to Publish -> Articulate Presenter and select the 2nd radio button to “Insert as a tab in the player.” This will add your glossary interaction to the toolbar (top right) of your presentation. There’s a tutorial on publishing at the bottom of this page.

gabe // Posted at 3:26 pm on March 24th, 2010

I’ve created a glossary with more than 500 entries. To make this work, I’ve separated each glossary by letter. Is there a way for me to have someone open the A glossary, click B and it automatically open the B glossary without having to add a hyperlink in the B description?

Jennifer // Posted at 8:45 am on April 12th, 2010

Hi Jennifer- so basically you want to launch a new interaction by having someone click the glossary letter header? I’m not aware of a way to do that, so launching the new glossary via a link in the description may be your best bet.

You can also share product feedback with us here.

gabe // Posted at 3:13 pm on April 12th, 2010

Hi, I’m new to Articulate so please excuse my ignorance! 🙂

What software to people need to have in order to view an Articulate Glossary? Let’s say I were to burn it on to a disc would people be able to open it without having Articulate on their PC?

Is it possible to host it on my existing WordPress website?

I love the look of the gloassary – i’m just trying to figure out how people would use it.


Nick Bolton // Posted at 5:19 pm on May 7th, 2010

Hi Nick- glad you like the Glossary! The output is Flash-based, so your user only needs Flash Player plugin in the browser (not Articulate software). And yes, you can embed the output in a WordPress site. Take a look at this comment for more info on that.

gabe // Posted at 5:21 pm on May 7th, 2010

I’m having trouble figuring out how to upload my artiuclate engage to the wordpress site. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.

dawn // Posted at 4:12 pm on June 3rd, 2010

Hi Dawn- did you review the links in this comment? What issues are you having?

gabe // Posted at 11:05 am on June 4th, 2010

Hello, Gabe

I was wondering how to present information through the glossary interaction without having it automatically alphabetized. In others words, I would like to place information in a speciffic order, like chapters, without the glossary changing the sequence into alphabetical order. How do I disable the feature that alphabetizes the information.
I have figured out how to disable the alphabets from appearing up top.

Any Ideas or instructions would be greatly appreciated.

Ronnie // Posted at 5:37 am on July 3rd, 2011

Hi Ronnie- it’s not currently possible to turn off the auto-alphabetizing (please submit a feature request), but you could get around this by using numbers in front of your entries to define your desired order. For example:

1. Zebra
2. Fish
3. Apple

gabe // Posted at 2:02 pm on July 5th, 2011

Hello, Gabe

The numbering system is a great idea but, number 11 ends up beneath the number 1

Can you think of another unique or cool way of ordering the topics. I have been experimenting but, I am not at peace with any of the systems that I have developed.

Thank You

Ronnie // Posted at 8:03 pm on August 11th, 2011

Hi Ronnie-

Put a leading 0 in front of 1-9, like so:

01. Zebra
02. Fish
03. Apple

10. Monkey
11. Lion

gabe // Posted at 9:57 am on August 12th, 2011

Hi aLL,

Can I adapt Engage Glossary for local terms, e.g. in Ukrainian?

Tank You

Ivan Borys // Posted at 3:56 pm on October 18th, 2011

@Ivan: Sure, you can use the glossary in any language you’d like.

gabe // Posted at 1:04 pm on October 19th, 2011

Dear Gabe,
Is it possible to lose the alpha characters displayed across the top of the screen for the Engage Glossary? We are using the Engage Glossary interaction as a “Resources” toolbar tab. We want Resources to be a toolbar tab because we want it to be available throughout our presentation/course, but we do not have enough topics to warrant an alphabet displayed across the top.
Thank you in advance!

Suzanne // Posted at 3:09 pm on December 18th, 2011

Hi Suzanne – Here’s a quick tutorial that shows how to remove the alphabetic filter on an Engage glossary interaction. Hope that helps!

jeanette // Posted at 5:39 am on December 19th, 2011

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