# Right use of Abbreviations

I have defind a new glossary entry:

\newglossaryentry{gls:USB} {
name={Universal Serial Bus},
description={USB, short for Universal Serial Bus, is an industry standard developed in the mid-1990s that defines the cables, connectors and communications protocols used in a bus for connection, communication, and power supply between computers and electronic devices},
}


I got that from here: Separate Glossary and List of Acronyms

If I now use:

In general, there are three basic kinds or sizes related to the \gls{gls:USB} connectors and types of established connection.


I get:

In general, there are three basic kinds or sizes related to the Universal Serial Bus connectors and types of established connection.

So I get the whole name of the abbreviation.
How can I keep the abbreviation (USB) in the text and just get a link to the glossary entry?

• The first use of a key is expanded to the long description – user31729 Nov 6 '15 at 19:05

Your MWE didn't demonstrate how your lists would be repeated, but I would recommend something like the following:

You could use a command like \knowngls as defined below to link to your lists without any expansion, or just use gls as usual to link to both lists with a conventional expansion upon first use.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{hyperref}
\usepackage[acronym]{glossaries}
\makeglossaries

%%% The glossary entry the acronym links to
\newglossaryentry{gls:usb}{
name={Universal Serial Bus},
description={USB, short for Universal Serial Bus, is an industry standard developed in the mid-1990s that defines the cables, connectors and communications protocols used in a bus for connection, communication, and power supply between computers and electronic devices},
}

%%% define the acronym and use the see= option
\newglossaryentry{usb}{
type=\acronymtype,
name={USB},
description={Universal Serial Bus },
see=[Glossary:]{gls:USB}}

\begin{document}
Uncomment one of the two lines below and compile:

%In general, there are three basic kinds or sizes related to the \gls{usb} connectors and types of established connection.

%Or comment out this first line and try out First use  \knowngls{usb}  followed by subsequent uses of the term:  \gls{usb}.  None of these have been expanded.

\printglossary[type=\acronymtype]
\printglossary[type=main]

\end{document}