Gallery: Multi-Paragraph Descriptions

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image of glossary with a line break between the name and the start of the multi-paragraph description

In contrast to Brief Descriptions, this example has multi-paragraph descriptions so a less compact style is used, in this case the altlist glossary style, which is available by default. This style places a paragraph break between the name and the description.

The altlist style uses the description environment. If you are using a class or package that modifies that environment in a way that’s incompatible with this style, then you may prefer to use one of the tree styles instead.

The usual \newglossaryentry command doesn’t allow paragraph breaks, so \longnewglossaryentry is used instead. Be careful of spurious spaces caused by line breaks in the document source code. I’ve used the comment character % to suppress them.

The comment lines below are arara directives. You can remove them if you don’t use arara.

% arara: pdflatex
% arara: makeglossaries
% arara: pdflatex





\forglsentries{\thislabel}{\gls{\thislabel}. }



This document loads the hyperref package, which creates hyperlinks from the entries in the document (referenced using commands like \gls) to their definition in the glossary. These hyperlinks are displayed in red text. I’ve used \forglsentries for this example to iterate over all the defined entries. In practice, you would typically just use commands like \gls{label} in the text. For example:

Here is a reference to the term \gls{loremi-ii}.

The entries have all been defined in the file example-glossaries-multipar.tex, which you should find installed in the same location as the glossaries package (or in a sub-directory called test-entries). The entry definitions look like this:

\longnewglossaryentry{loremi-ii}{name={lorem 1--2}}%
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Ut purus elit,
vestibulum ut, placerat ac, adipiscing vitae, felis. Curabitur
dictum gravida mauris. Nam arcu libero, nonummy eget, consectetuer
id, vulputate a, magna. Donec vehicula augue eu neque. Pellentesque
habitant morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac
turpis egestas. Mauris ut leo. Cras viverra metus rhoncus sem. Nulla
et lectus vestibulum urna fringilla ultrices.  Phasellus eu tellus
sit amet tortor gravida placerat. Integer sapien est, iaculis in,
pretium quis, viverra ac, nunc. Praesent eget sem vel leo ultrices
bibendum. Aenean faucibus. Morbi dolor nulla, malesuada eu, pulvinar
at, mollis ac, nulla.  Curabitur auctor semper nulla. Donec varius
orci eget risus. Duis nibh mi, congue eu, accumsan eleifend,
sagittis quis, diam. Duis eget orci sit amet orci dignissim rutrum.

Nam dui ligula, fringilla a, euismod sodales, sollicitudin vel,
wisi. Morbi auctor lorem non justo. Nam lacus libero, pretium at,
lobortis vitae, ultricies et, tellus. Donec aliquet, tortor sed
accumsan bibendum, erat ligula aliquet magna, vitae ornare odio
metus a mi. Morbi ac orci et nisl hendrerit mollis. Suspendisse ut
massa. Cras nec ante. Pellentesque a nulla.  Cum sociis natoque
penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus.
Aliquam tincidunt urna. Nulla ullamcorper vestibulum turpis.
Pellentesque cursus luctus mauris.%

If you don’t use arara, you need to run the following commands:

pdflatex multipar-descriptions
makeglossaries multipar-descriptions
pdflatex multipar-descriptions

(See Incorporating makeglossaries or makeglossaries-lite or bib2gls into the document build.)

I’ve used the nopostdot option to remove the terminating full stop that is placed by default after the description. The entries all have a “1” after the description. This is the page number on which the entry was referenced. In this sample document all the entries were referenced on page 1.

Download: PDF (47.88K), source code (346B), sample glossary definitions (6.88K).