Our Gifts to You this Holiday: A New Glossary Feature, Customizable Section Labels, and More!

Happy (early) Holidays! It’s our last large release of the year, and the gifts we have to offer include a few features that we know you’ve been waiting for.

The New Glossary Feature

Thanks to code contribution from Brad Payne and Alex Paredes at BCcampus, you can now insert glossary terms and full glossary lists natively into your books in Pressbooks.

Individual Glossary Terms

You can create and insert tooltips for individual glossary terms directly from the content editor.

A new button on the visual editor toolbar (GL) allows you to insert a glossary shortcode for any new or existing glossary term.

A new button on the visual editor toolbar (GL) allows you to insert a glossary shortcode for any new or existing glossary term.

The shortcode links the word to a definition that opens when readers click the term in the webbook.

A paragraph of text in Pressbooks with a linked glossary term and its definition

Full Glossary Lists

Pressbooks can automatically generate a full glossary list of all glossary terms in your book.

To add the glossary:

  1. Create a new back matter chapter
  2. Select “Glossary” from the Back Matter Type menu and leave the content editor blank
  3. Click Create (or Save, for an already existing chapter)
To add the glossary: Create a new back matter chapter. Select “Glossary” from the Back Matter Type menu and leave the content editor blank.

Pressbooks generates a list of all individual glossary terms which have been marked to “Show in Glossary Lists” to create a full, alphabetized glossary.

Glossary terms with definitions.

Customizable “Chapter” and “Part” Section Labels

Users can now customize the titles for the sections of the book that currently default to chapters and parts.

These section titles will display in all exports and book formats. For example, if a user preferred that parts were chapters, and chapters were sections, those terms can be changed in a book’s theme options to reflect that usage. The terms affected appear in the table of contents and section titles of a book, and can be modified in all Pressbooks themes.

Arrow points to where the customizable section heading displays in a Pressbooks PDF export.

To customize the “chapter” and “part” labels:

  1. Go to Appearance > Theme Options
  2. On the Global Options tab, find “Part and Chapter Numbers” and enable the setting to “Display part and chapter numbers.” The “Part Label” and “Chapter Label” settings will appear
  3. Choose your labels
  4. Click Save Changes
You can customize your chapter and part labels under Theme Options - Global Options.

Webbook Navigation Cues

The part and chapter terminology has been removed from navigational cues in Pressbooks webbooks. Instead, webbook navigation cues will include the title—or the short title, when available—of the next and previous sections in the book.

Pressbooks webbook navigation cues now show titles or short titles.

For example, what would have previously been Next (Chapter) will now be Next: The Third Law of Thermodynamics.

In order for any webbook to meet accessibility standards for digital texts, it is important that navigation cues include more information than just the terms next or previous.

This change, we hope, will allow users to structure their books in the way that works best for their content and students while maintaining the high standard we have at Pressbooks for the accessibility of the webbook interface.

Digital PDF Hyperlinks Enhanced for Greater Accessibility

All hyperlinked elements in the digital PDF export are now blue and underlined to make it much more evident that they are active links. All links will remain as plain text in the print PDF export, which should be used for submission to any printing service.

All hyperlinked elements in the digital PDF export are now blue and underlined.

And More

  • New language scripts. We’ve added support for the Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Odia, and Telugu language scripts.
  • Knight Lab Timelines. We’ve whitelisted the Knight Lab Timeline so that users can embed timeline iframes into their webbooks. For more information on how to embed an iframe, check out our user guide.

Have any questions about this update?

Contact support@pressbooks.com.

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