Terminology & Glossary plugin docs

How it works

This plugin parses docs in two ways:

  1. Parses all *.mdx files under docs/ and replaces each pattern with an appropriate React component supporting a tooltip functionality (see below)
  2. Generates a glossary with all terms corresponding to the *.md files under docs/terms/.

Parses all markdown files and generates a glossary page with all the pattern terms found in the .md files

Replace patterns with dynamical elements

When writing docs, in order to refer to a term, you may use the following syntax:



  • term_text: The terminology text you want it to be visible in the documentation page
  • term_name: The filename of the term file, which resides under ./docs/terms directory.

inside docs/*.mdx files. After successfully running the script, the above occurrence will be replaced by a React component, which will render term_text as a link to the corresponding term page, which is in turn generated from the term_name attribute; furthermore, hovering over term_text displays a term summary, as extracted from the corresponding term page.

Example usage

Say you want to reference a term that exists under the ./docs/terms/ directory, e.g. ./docs/terms/party.md. You can use the following syntax to reference this term in your documentation page:

Some content that wants to reference the %%party|party%% term

When the script runs, this will be replaced as follows:

Some content that wants to reference the <Term reference="party" popup="Popup text">Party</Term> term

which supports the functionality explained above.

How to correctly write a term

This plugin assumes that you follow the structure, as explained below:

Each term should have its own .md file, inside the ./docs/terms directory, and it needs to consist of the following structure:

id: term
title: Term page
stage: draft
hoverText: "This hover text will appear in the documentation page that you reference this term."
date: 20210601
### Term explanation
content here

Pay attention to the hoverText attribute, as it's important to provide this attribute (along with the default docusaurus attributes), so the plugin can fetch the correct popup text to show when referencing a term.

Running the script

When you are finished referencing terms and have written corresponding term pages, you can test this locally by running the following command:

$ yarn parse
yarn run v1.22.5
docusaurus parse
Replacing patterns with <Term />
Done in 1.41s.

This will replace all %%term_text|term_name%% occurrences with the React component supporting the required functionality.

Here's an example where the terms have been replaced. When the project is up and running, you can visit the test example on the /docs/replacement-test page:


Generate the glossary page

If everything works well with the above procedure, you can then generate a glossary page, by running the following command:

$ yarn glossary
yarn run v1.22.5
docusaurus glossary
Alphabetical list of terms
Done in 1.53s.

This will generate a file in ./docs/glossary.md where every term that has been mentioned above, will be populated in the glossary.md page.

When the project is up and running, you can visit the glossary on the /docs/essifLab-glossary page: