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Daniel Hofer

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How to navigate with glossary?
Posted: Jul 8, 2016 2:39 PM
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Hi
I'd like to write a glossary at the end of my IT-book. Well, that's easy. But my problem is the navigation.
If I use footnotes, Kindle is able to jump back to the original position after reading the footnote.

I can also insert a link to the glossary entry. That's easy, but how can the reader jump back to the original position?
The problem is that there are more than one positions where I'd like to jump to the same glossary entry.
So Kindle doesn't know where I come from (well, it could know but I assume it doesn't).

Does anybody have an idea how to solve this?

Thanks a lot!
Daniel
writerbn

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Re: How to navigate with glossary?
Posted: Jul 8, 2016 3:26 PM   in response to: Daniel Hofer in response to: Daniel Hofer
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I haven't tried this, but maybe the new "page flip" function will help in getting a reader back to their previous location.
Daniel Hofer

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Re: How to navigate with glossary?
Posted: Jul 9, 2016 4:21 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
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yes, page flip would be a possibilty.
At the moment, I can open the page flip function manually and then I can navigation. It's not very confortable but it's ok.

But if there's a possibility to insert a link in my book that opens the glossary entry directyl in the page flip view, that would be a perfect function!

I'll ask Amazon if there would be a chance of inserting a special pageflip link.

Thanks
Daniel
Notjohn

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Re: How to navigate with glossary?
Posted: Jul 9, 2016 9:00 AM   in response to: Daniel Hofer in response to: Daniel Hofer
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Won't the back arrow do that? I suppose it functions differently on different devices, and of course the reader must know HOW to use it (and that it CAN use it).

When I go rooting to the back of the back, I generally tape the Highlight icon on my Fire tablet, so I can always find my place.

Good luck! -- NJ

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writerbn

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Re: How to navigate with glossary?
Posted: Jul 9, 2016 11:01 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
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Notjohn wrote:
Won't the back arrow do that? I suppose it functions differently on different devices, and of course the reader must know HOW to use it (and that it CAN use it).

It would, but there's no way to call it as a function from the glossary (like adding a link after each entry that says "back"), the way you can with Javascript on a normal web page.

I suspect many readers don't even know that the back arrow exists, so you can't rely on it.
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Re: How to navigate with glossary?
Posted: Jul 9, 2016 12:42 PM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
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Well, one could treat it as a footnote the first time it appears. If the reader can't remember the definition, there's something wrong with it (i.e., the reader) or perhaps the writer. In the past few years I've noticed a proliferation of unneeded acronyms (henceforth PUA) in turgidly written bureaucratic prose (henceforth TWBP).

Good luck! -- NJ

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Daniel Hofer

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Re: How to navigate with glossary?
Posted: Jul 11, 2016 11:54 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
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Notjohn wrote:
Well, one could treat it as a footnote the first time it appears. If the reader can't remember the definition, there's something wrong with it

I think it's not that easy. It's not just a definition, it's more like a short explanation in my glossary.
New IT stuff, expecially texts about programming, is sometimes hard to remember, so you need to reread again.
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Re: How to navigate with glossary?
Posted: Jul 12, 2016 2:55 AM   in response to: Daniel Hofer in response to: Daniel Hofer
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The beauty of e-books is that they are infinitely searchable. That's why they almost never have an index. (I've only ever seen one.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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