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Content types to define a glossary and its terms

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collective.glossary is a Plone backend add-on to define a glossary and provide tooltips on matching text.

  • The terms are defined as title / definition pairs.

  • The term can have variants.

  • The definiton is richtext formated.

  • The tooltip can be disabled in glossary control panel.

  • Tooltips can be restricted to a selection of content types.

The add-on provides a REST API service @glossary_terms to fetch the terms of the glossary.

@rohberg/volto-slate-glossary is the corresponding Volto add-on.


This product has been translated into

  • german


Install collective.glossary by adding it to your buildout:



eggs =

and then running bin/buildout



If you are having issues, please let us know:


The project is licensed under the GPLv2.


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This package would not have been possible without the contribution of the following people:

  • Héctor Velarde

  • Rodrigo Ferreira de Souza

  • Katja Süss, Rohberg, @ksuess


2.1.1 (2023-12-19)

  • Restore Python 3.7 compatibility by not using functools.cached_property. Note that Python 3.7 is end of life, and this add-on is not tested on it. But this was an easy fix. [maurits]

2.1.0 (2023-10-24)

  • Show A-Z toolbar and hide contents when there are more than 30 entries. You can configure this in the controlpanel. To never show the toolbar, set this to a negative number (-1). [ingo, maurits]

  • Add Dutch translations, contributed by Flemish Environment Agency [fredvd].

2.0.3 (2023-06-23)

  • Speed up glossary view by getting the entries only once. [maurits]

2.0.2 (2022-07-28)

  • Link to Support page.

2.0.1 (2022-07-28)

  • Add restapi services to fetch glossary terms and settings. @ksuess

  • Replace term description by richtext definition. @ksuess

  • Enrich term with variants. @ksuess

1.1 (2022-07-27)

  • Support Plone 6 [ksuess]

  • Support Plone 5.2 (Python 3.7+). [ksuess]

  • Switch to github workflow CI. [ksuess]

  • Test with tox. [ksuess]

  • Enhance layout of glossary and tooltip. [ksuess]


  • Drop support for Plone 5.0. [hvelarde]

  • language specific sorting of terms with the same later using zope.ucol [ajung]

1.0b1 (2016-12-19)

  • Term template was refactored to avoid duplicated definitions (closes #26) [hvelarde]

  • Glossary terms now use tile scales (closes #5). [hvelarde]

  • Remove dependency on five.grok. [hvelarde]

  • Fix ReferenceError on JavaScript code (Plone 5 does not include global variables anymore). [hvelarde, rodfersou]

  • Remove dependency on Products.CMFQuickInstallerTool. [hvelarde]

  • Change glossary to always call JSON view from the portal URL (closes #22). [rodfersou]

  • A new rich text field was added to the Glossary content type. [hvelarde]

  • Normalize glossary index (closes #18). [rodfersou]

  • Add option to select content types that will display glossary terms (closes #14). [rodfersou]

  • Apply Glossary just to #content-core. (closes #12). [rodfersou]

  • Review method is_view_action to work with Virtual Host configuration. [rodfersou]

  • Terms should only be added inside a Glossary (closes #8). [hvelarde]

1.0a1 (2015-05-18)

  • Initial release.

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