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G2 is not intended as a direct replacement for the glossary module already available with drupal for quite some time now. It was designed for slightly different needs, and this page is here to help you choose which module you should probably be using, or if you should really write your own. Lexicon has been evolved from glossary to accomodate yet another set of requirements, and glossify started with needs similar to glossary, but evolved to a much more diverse set of features; only those relevant to glossaries should be listed here.
Left-to-right order by date of creation. Empty cells means info not yet available. Please contribute !
TODO: import extra data from the 2008 glossary comparison table, which updated the very obsolete http://drupal.org/node/266511, currently unavailable except to members of the Drupal doc team due to the Full HTML format.
|Drupal 7.x||No||No(t yet)||No(t yet)||Yes||Yes|
|Storage||terms||nodes, single content type||any entity|
|multiple glossaries on one site||Yes||No||Yes|
|RSS feeds on entries||core||No|
|RSS feeds on additional vocabularies||No||core||core|
|classify entries||No||core taxonomy||core fields|
|commenting on entries||No||core||core, only on node storage|
|private editorial information||No||Yes||core fields|
|content filtering, automatic||Yes||No||Yes|
|content filtering, explicit||No||Yes, dfn element||Yes, custom element|
|feature blocks||No|| alphabar |
word of the day
|remote glossaries||No||Yes, limited||Yes|
|Security||core|| core |
XML-RPC access control
|3rd party integration|
|Views: basic||core||core + specific||core + specific|
|Views: default views||No||No||Yes|
|Wikipedia||No||No||Yes, with i18n|
|memory needs/number of entries||proportional||constant|
|speed on small glossaries||faster||slower|
|speed on large glossaries||slower with size||remains constant|
|- search form||Yes||core|
|- node overview||Yes||core|
|- definition fields||n.a.||Yes||core fields|
|- each feature block||n.a.||Yes|
|XML-RPC API||No|| alphabar |
word of the day
|UI module separate from Data API||No||No||Yes|
Obviously, in all cases, a “No” actually means: “roll your own ”, as in all Open Source software.