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You can use the Guidelines section in the Dashboard to configure how your style and grammar guidelines work. You can also change guideline behavior by editing the language configuration file. However, you can perform most guideline configuration tasks in the Dashboard, which is the preferred way to configure guidelines.
Whenever you change a guideline in the Dashboard, Acrolinx saves your changes to a guideline configuration file. A guideline configuration file is an XML file that stores the configurations for each combination of language and Writing Guide. You don’t need to change these files but it’s important to know where they're stored when upgrading or moving your Acrolinx installation. Acrolinx stores guideline configuration files in the following location:
To ensure that your settings are retained when upgrading your guidance package (formerly linguistic resources), the uninstaller does not remove the guideline configuration files when uninstalling Acrolinx.
Enabling and Disabling Guidelines
You can easily enable or disable style and grammar in the Dashboard. By default, all guidelines are enabled. However, you might choose to disable specific guidelines if you decide that they’re unsuitable for a specific Writing Guide. For example, all of your Writing Guides might contain the guideline "avoid contractions". However, you might decide later that contractions are allowed when writing marketing copy. To allow contractions in marketing copy, you would disable the guideline "avoid contractions" for the Writing Guide "marketing".
You can also enable or disable guidelines for specific contexts. For example, you probably want Acrolinx to highlight if a sentence is missing a period at the end. But you probably don't want this guideline applied to titles and headings. You can configure the "missing period" guideline so that it doesn't appear for content in titles and headings. Your Guidance Package includes many common context-specific guidelines, but you can customize your guideline contexts in detail if you need. Before you can associate guidelines with specific contexts, you need to define your contexts in your Content Profiles first.
To enable or disable guidelines within a Writing Guide, follow these steps:
- Navigate to .
- Select a Writing Guide from the Writing Guide list.
- In the Configure Your Guidelines section, find the guideline that you want to change.
Select a guideline state.
- To disable a guideline, select the radio button in the Disable column.
- To enable a guideline, select the radio button in the Enable column
- To enable or disable a guideline for specific contexts, select the radio button in the
Contextual column. A dialog box will guide you through selecting your
You'll need to have defined your contexts in your Content Profiles first.
- Click Save. Your changes take effect immediately.