My University's dissertation class uses glossaries to produces a "LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS". I want to use it to produce a second list, a simple "LIST OF SYMBOLS".

Can this be done with glossaries? How to do it?

Here is how my current jumble of latex files uses glossaries. First, the .cls file includes a \RequirePackage[nonumberlist, nopostdot]{glossaries}. Then, I add some lines to the preamble of the main.tex file:

\newacronym{fpga}{FPGA}{Field-Programmable Gate Array}
\newacronym{lqr}{LQR}{Linear Quadratic Regulator}

Then when I use \gls{fpga} and \gls{lqr} in my document, it does a fantastic job of inserting text and generating a list of abbreviations.

After digging through my jumble of files, I found that main.tex calls lists.tex which has the following code:

\addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS}

It then goes back to .cls with this:

% Glossary
\renewcommand{\glossaryname}{\vspace*{0.2in}LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS}
 % put the glossary in the tabular environment:  
 % have nothing after \begin{theglossary}:  
 % have nothing between glossary groups:  

        \glstarget{##1}{##2}\hfill & ##3\hfill \vspace{12pt}\\

I also need to run some perl, with the command makeglossaries main to get this to generate right.

What do I need to change? The documentation for glossaries is super involved, and some hints would help.

Related questions:

This one seems related but is very complicated, and requires hyperlinks.

Another One is close, but different enough that I don't know what to do.


As suggested by @EladDen in the comments, How to combine Acronym and Glossary provides some valuable clues, but it is far too complicated. A good answer there is integrated and produces two lists from one set of data. I want to produce two separate lists from two separate data sets.

Spectifically, the "List of Abbreviations" will look like this:

FPGA Field-Programmable Gate Array
LQR Linear Quadratic Regulator

Whereas the "list of symbols" will look like this:

m Mass
F Force
a Acceleration

Again, I want to emphasize that they will come from a completely difference dataset. Perhaps there is a command \newsymbol in glossaries?

  • Check this answer out tex.stackexchange.com/a/8951/90297 – Elad Den Jul 9 at 12:29
  • @EladDen Edited to address your comments. – axsvl77 Jul 9 at 14:47
  • I believe you're looking for \newglossaryentry. I also recommend you read the glossaries beginners user manual. – Elad Den Jul 13 at 17:13
  • That last comment was the answer in short. The long answer is that \newglossaryentry is the general declaration. If not stated otherwise in the type field the package would treat this definition as a symbol and \newacronym as an acronym. You COULD if you wanted to define an acronym through the \newglossaryentry by using the type field, for more information, I would recommend reading the full user manual. – Elad Den Jul 13 at 17:16