Define terms

Quickly define terms just in text.

Term description is derived automatically from the text around.

Select terms

Select term name while typing and insert it into the document.

Navigate to terms

Term name is inserted as a hyperlink to the term definition place.

Hyperlink’s tooltip is the term description.

Why

When working with information we constantly observe the same problems:

Problem / How comes out When you read, you When you write, you
Duplication explain the same thing anew in different words in different places
Inconsistency cannot recognize a term because the author used another non-exact name for it give different names to exactly the same thing
Too many information, and it grows search for the place where the thing is explained forget where/whether you’ve already defined and explained the thing
Writer-Reader context differentiation confront with unexplained terms the author thought you must have known

All these substantially hinders knowledge distribution between humans, thoughts are comprehended distorted by overstraining brains.

We believe, that one simple rule may change this status quo:

RULE

“Use terms wherever possible”

If a thing is not culture-wide known, if it is specific to you problem domain or to your group – give it a name and describe it once, and use only this term everywhere within this context.

This will increase the structuredness of your knowledge as well, since while giving explanation to a thing you will think about how it differs from and correlates to others.

It seems obvious. But why then people don’t do it? Answer is also obvious – people don’t have convenient tools for working with terminology of any size greater than trivial.

Rasvetera Terminauthor application is created in a try to provide nesessary convenience, it is a try to improve the status quo.

What

Terminauthor is created to


Allow you to write documents
  • with the minimum of inconsistency
  • maximum pithiness
  • all without extra-efforts
Encourage you to extensively define and use terms while typing the text
  • in a convenient manner with autocomplete feature
  • without boring mouse clicks
Allow your reader to quickly see the term definition?
  • terms used in text are hyperlinks to the place where the term is defined
  • the hyperlinks are supplemented with tooltips each with term description
Enable shared terminology throughout your project
  • you may define terms in one document and use them in others

Technically, Terminauthor is

an add-in to Microsoft Word that adds new qualities to your style of authoring documents

Use

How to use it:

  • Open a Microsoft Word document for editing
  • To create a term, select word(s) and press CTRL+D to make it a term
  • To insert reference to a term into the current place of the text, press CTRL+SPACE, select a term (by typing it), and press ENTER

Of course, you may use Microsoft Word ribbon bar buttons to do the same.

Features

Uninstalling the software will not affect documents you’ve already created

Uninstalling the software will not affect documents you’ve already created

Moving project documents to another location will not corrupt the hyperlinks

Moving project documents to another location will not corrupt the hyperlinks

Hyperlinks to term are relative

Support of inflectional  languages

Support of inflectional languages

Find terms in several documents of your project

Find terms in several documents of your project

In current folder, in all open documents, in specified set of folders

Term description is recognized automatically from the nearest text

Term description is recognized automatically from the nearest text

Support of second-level terms

Support of second-level terms

Define attributes of an entity as terms and refer to them

Term reference is a hyperlink to term definition

Term reference is a hyperlink to term definition

Hover a mouse over the hyperlink to immediately see the term description in a tooltip

No need for mouse usage to use term

No need for mouse usage to use term

CTRL+D shortcut to make selected word(s) a term
CTRL+SPACE shortcut to insert reference to a term into text
Select term from a list by typing its first letters

Future

Plans for the next version(s):

  • Tool for synchronizing changes in term name or description to documents where the term is used
  • Support of referencing to terms defined in documents in remote locations (e.g. in SharePoint)
  • Support of referencing to terms defined in non-documents, for example, in UML tools

You may influence the plan by expressing your needs and ideas in forum

Download

Use it for free.

You need Microsoft Word (2007-2013) to be installed on your computer.

You will need administrative rights in order to install the software.

Have questions? Ask on forum.

Download