glossaries acronyms description in brackets

I use the package \usepackage[acronym,toc]{glossaries}

In the text I write my acronyms usually via \gls{Acr}, \acrshort{Acr} or \acrlong{Acr}

This displays my acronyms like:

Acronymdescription (Acr)

Acr

Acronymdescription

Now my question: How can I get the description in brackets?

Acr (Acronymdescription)

I used in a makeshift manner \acrshort{Acr} (\acrlong{Acr})

Is there a better solution?

Minimal example:

\documentclass{scrreprt}

\usepackage[ngerman]{babel}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{textcomp} % special chars
\usepackage{lmodern} % better fonts
\usepackage{relsize} % font size relative
\usepackage{xcolor}

\definecolor{navy}{RGB}{0,0,128}

\usepackage[
bookmarks,
bookmarksopen=true,
bookmarksnumbered,
citecolor=navy, % referral to bibliography items in the text
filecolor=navy, % links to local files
urlcolor=navy,
backref,
plainpages=false, % needed for correct creation of bookmarks
pdfpagelabels=true, % needed for correct creation of bookmarks
hypertexnames=true, % needed for correct creation of bookmarks
]{hyperref}

\usepackage[acronym]{glossaries}
\makeglossaries

\newacronym{DIN}{DIN}{Deutsches Institut für Normung}

\begin{document}

Often I need the standard form: \gls{DIN}.

But sometimes I need it like this: \acrshort{DIN} (\acrlong{DIN}).

Better would be an single command that includes the bracket in the link.

\newpage
\printglossary

\end{document}

• It's easier if you provide a minimal working example (MWE) but it looks like you want something like display the short form followed by the long form – Nicola Talbot Feb 4 '14 at 11:18
• I added as requested the MWE. It looks promising but I dont want to change the style for all acronyms. I just need a single command... – kitingChris Feb 4 '14 at 12:32
• Then I think \newcommand\myacr[1]{\acrshort{#1} (\acrlong{#1})} in the preamble will be enough. You'll use it \myacr{DIN} in your document. – Gonzalo Medina Feb 4 '14 at 12:45
• Yea thought on that too but then the brackets are not included... but maybe a better solution than now. – kitingChris Feb 4 '14 at 13:40
• Perhaps \newcommand*\myacr[2][]{\glslink[#1]{#2}{\glsentryshort{#2} (\glsentrylong{#2})}} – Nicola Talbot Feb 4 '14 at 16:10

(Transferring my comment to an answer.)

You can use \glslink to provide a link to a glossary entry with your own custom text. The commands \glsentrylong and \glsentryshort just display the long or short form without doing anything else (such as creating a link) so you can combine them to define your custom command:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[acronym]{glossaries}
\makeglossaries

\newacronym{DIN}{DIN}{Deutsches Institut für Normung}

\begin{document}

Standard form: \gls{DIN}.

Other way round: \myacr{DIN}.

\printglossaries

\end{document}


This produces:

Note that \glslink doesn't change the first use flag, so if I change the ordering in the above to:

Other way round: \myacr{DIN}.

Standard form: \gls{DIN}.


Then \gls{DIN} still gets fully expanded. If you want to change the first use flag then use \glsdisp instead of \glslink.