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Glossary proposal[edit]

This is a proposal for organizing glossaries for Wikijunior books. Please comment, make suggestions, etc.

Purpose[edit]

The purpose of a glossary in a Wikijunior book is to give simple, child-appropriate definitions of potentially unfamiliar words in the context in which they are used in the book. This differs from a dictionary in that only the pertinent definition is given. For example, in a book about the human body, the word "organ" would be included as a glossary word. The definition would be "a part of the body made up of cells doing a similar job" (not "a musical instrument with a keyboard").

Visual representation[edit]

Glossary links should be designated in a way that is visually distinct from other links (as external links are, for example). Perhaps a small icon after the link would work for this.

Use[edit]

Optimally, all key terms that are potentially unfamiliar to children in the target age group should be included in the glossary.

Question: Should only the first use of a word be glossary-linked (as would be done in an ebook) or should every entry be linked? One problem with the former is that it assumes a linear reading. The problem with the latter option is that there may be so many links that is distracting to (children) readers.

Technical implementation[edit]

Depending on others' input, I am thinking of implementing this in a way similar to the way citations are done in Wikipedia. For example, to add the word "organ" to the glossary, the markup could be something like:

The stomach is an <gloss="organ" def="a part of the body made up of cells doing a similar job">organ</gloss> that is a part of the digestive system.

Then the glossary would be dynamically generated including the entry:

organ - a part of the body made up of cells doing a similar job

Question: Would the glossary be generated at the bottom of each module, or should there be a consolidated glossary for the whole book? From a programming standpoint, the first option is probably easier? From a pedagogical standpoint (and in a print format especially), I'd prefer the latter.









Espohagus - a tube made of muscle that goes from the mouth to the stomach; food that is swallowed goes down this tube









































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