Display Form

By default the Long form of a glossary entry is displayed in the Advisories when this entry is a potential expansion for the typed abbreviation. But there are cases where you may want to use the Display form to display some alternate text

Word Entry Display Form

For a Word Entry the Display form must start with the Long form. You can then add some additional text that you would like to be displayed but not expanded. 

In the following example:

we have used the Display form to add the comment *** addicted to chocolate *** as a suffix to the chocoholic Long form.

Phrase Entry Display Form

For a Phrase Entry you have complete freedom of choice for the Display form. Of course, you should still use some text that conveys what expansion the displayed entry produces.

In the following example:

we have highlighted *HER* in the Display form, in order for our eyes to immediately distinguish this phrase from its variation using his instead of her.

Display forms are also ideal for Command Entries. In the following example we defined a command with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+A and a Display form of ~ Select All which will turn out to be a lot more readable in the advisories than {command}{Ctrl A}_


Note that here, as a convention we use a prefix in our Display form, so that when it pops up in the Advisories, we immediately recognize that this is a command entry. You are, of course, free to use your own convention.