References in Glossary


In product documentation (Software User Manuals), for the description of words in glossary, is it standard to add references to the source of definition?

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The function of a glossary is not to provide the dictionary definition of words (that is what dictionaries are for) but to define the special usage of particular words in the current work (in other words, how the meaning of those terms differs from the dictionary meaning, or which of the dictionary meanings is intended, in the current work). In other words, the role of the glossary is itself to be the authority on what the words mean in the current work, and therefore it has no need to cite an external source.