Acrolinx Sidebar - Version 14.1 (3 August 2016)
We've introduced a whole bunch of new features and changes, so we have a lot to tell you about. So, sit back and enjoy the update.
All these new features are available when you connect to the new 5.0 Acrolinx server with the sidebar.
You Can Now Check for Tone of Voice
You now get specific guidance on how to change your content so that it has the level of clarity that's most suitable for your target audience.
Here's a screenshot to show you how it works:
When you select the option
Tone of voice in the Acrolinx sidebar and check your content, you'll see new
Tone of voice cards. These cards show you what sentences you should change to get the right level of clarity. Each card corresponds to an entire sentence that might contain several issues. When you click the card, the card expands to show you hints about the clarity issues in your sentence.
Note that you won't get this kind of guidance in the classic-edition plug-ins. This feature only works with the sidebar-edition of our plug-ins.
Guidance for Spelling, Grammar, and Style Issues
Previously, to see the full help, you had to open the actions menu and click the
i button. The help page opened in a separate browser window. We wanted to give you more information in the card itself so you don’t have to jump to another window. Now, when you click on the card, it expands to show more help information.
You’ll see a short version of the help in the sidebar that points you in the right direction. If you still want to see the full help, you can click the ‘i’ and open the help. If you don’t want to see the any help, then you can switch to compact view.
Custom Information for Terminology
In the Acrolinx terminology manager, a terminologist can add custom information to each term. Information such as
usage note . That informaton is quite useful, but up until now, you couldn't see it in the sidebar. Now, you can configure a template file so that the sidebar displays extra information from these custom fields. When you click a card, you'll be able to see information such as the definition of the term or the usage note.
For more information on how to configure it, see this article .
Large Scorecards Now Load Faster
On some computers, the Acrolinx Scorecard took a while to display. That's because the scorecard was an XML file that the server transformed "on the fly" with XSLT ( Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations ). Sometimes this even caused people's browsers to crash. We've done away with all that malarkey and now we just give you the scorecard as an HTML file. So now it should display a lot faster and not crash your browser.
You Can Now Contribute Spelling Issues as New Terms
We've realized that spelling issues are often new terms that haven't yet been added to your terminology. Previously, you could only contribute a term when Acrolinx reported it as a potential new term. Now, you can contribute new terms that Acrolinx reports as spelling issues directly from sidebar. Your terminologist can then validate these words to make them available to all writers.
Edit Content Faster with Location Information
In most editor applications, you click a card in the sidebar and the relevant text is highlighted in your content. But we can't do this in some editor applications. We needed another way to show you where the issue was. So that's why we added location information.
As you see in the previous screenshot, when we find an issue in a table cell, then we’ll show the label
table in the card. That’s so you can glance at a card and get a better idea of where to look in your content.
For more information on how to configure this location information, contact the Acrolinx professional services team.
The Sidebar Shows You Issues in Inaccessible Parts of Your Document
In some circumstances, Acrolinx checks a part of your document but can't highlight the issue text or insert suggestions for you from the sidebar. For example, Acrolinx might find a typo in text that's in a hyperlink but in your editor application, you have to edit hyperlink text in a new window. Similarly, Acrolinx might find issues in comments, headers, or footers but you have to use a special edit mode to change the text. If the issue text is in an inaccessible part of your document, the sidebar shows a padlock icon and the suggestions appear grayed out.
If you notice that Acrolinx doesn't find issues in some inaccesible parts of your document, contact Acrolinx professional services. In many cases, we can extend this feature to include more parts of your content.
Added Variant Label to Terminology Cards
Were you wondering how to tell the difference between a terminology issue for a deprecated term and a variant of a preferred or deprecated term? Now, Acrolinx adds the label ‘Variant’ to a terminology card in the sidebar to let you know that it’s a variant of a term.
Show Status for Preferred and Admitted Suggestions in Terminology Cards
You might have seen that sometimes you’d get two cards for a deprecated term. Each card had a suggested replacement, but you wouldn't know if the suggestion was a preferred or admitted term. In most cases, you'd want to replace the issue with a preferred term.
Now, you’ll see icons that show you whether the suggestion is a preferred ( ) or admitted ( ) term.
New Separate Checking and Advanced Sections on Options Tab
You’ll notice that we’ve split the Options tab into 2. Now, there’s Checking and Advanced. You can go ahead and get started with just the Checking section. When you have some time to spare, then check out what’s in the Advanced section. Here's a brief rundown of the current advanced settings:
- Run a check when you open Acrolinx
You can now start a check as soon as you open Acrolinx. That’s one less click for you.
- Send anonymous usage statistics
Help make Acrolinx better by sending us anonymous usage statistics. We don't send any information that identifies you or your company and we don't send your content. And, you can always change your mind later. If your company’s IT policy doesn’t allow sending usage statistics, your server administrator can turn it off for all users.
- Switch to compact view
You can choose how much informaton you want to see on the sidebar cards. Compact view means some information won’t appear when you click the card. This might be helpful if you’re an experienced writer and you don’t need the full guidance.
We’ve spruced up the design of some of the sidebar icons. The Options, Help, Scorecard, About, Menu and 3 vertical dots on the cards look more pleasing to the eye. What do you think?
User Actions Now Appear When You Hover over the Three Dots
You don’t have to click the three dots to see the user actions anymore. Now, you only have to hover. Another click saved. On touch devices however, you still have to click.
Rule Sets Are Now Called Writing Guides
We updated our terminology and you'll see this change on the Options tab of the sidebar.
Replace All Is Now Even Faster
Replace All feature lets you apply a suggestion to all the occurrences of the issue in your content. In one click. We thought we’d make this feature even faster for you so that you don’t have to wait long. And, now in the sidebar, you’ll even see a progress indicator while Acrolinx replaces your content. Note that you won’t be able to edit your content while Acrolinx is replacing the issues.
Sidebar Now Works Through a Proxy Without SSO
Previously, you could only connect to Acrolinx through a proxy with SSO turned on. We've now changed that in the sidebar so you can turn off SSO and still connect to Acrolinx through a proxy. You might want to set up a proxy without SSO when using Acrolinx for WordPress.
You Can Now Connect to Your Acrolinx Server Using a Relative Path
You can now enter the server address as a relative path like “/acrolinx” or just "/". This is useful if you connect to your Acrolinx server through a proxy server.
Support for English, German, Swedish, French, and Japanese User Interface Languages
Changes to Technology Support
Updated jQuery Version Used in the Sidebar to 2.2.3
To get all the new features, the sidebar requires the following Acrolinx products:
- Acrolinx server version 5.0 or later
- A Guidance Package version 5.0 or later