New Glossary Feature

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Ok we're experimenting with a new glossary feature. We're injecting the glossary right into the forum and blog pages of TruckingTruth so you'll now see little book icons next to glossary terms we've defined like:

CDL

GVWR

Qualcomm

Now what I'm doing is limiting the system so it only injects one book icon per term per comment. That way terms will get defined in each comment they appear in, but only once. That way we won't see 30 icons for the same term in the same comment.

So let me know if you guys are having any problems with it and of course we're looking for suggestions on how to improve it. Please don't be shy about it. We want this to be an awesome feature that's really helpful to those who need it but not a hinderance to those who don't.

We're also considering allowing registered users to turn off the glossary completely if they like but I'm not sure if that's something we'll implement or not. We'd like feedback on that. I'm hoping the icons are easy enough to ignore but I'd like to hear your opinions.

Thanks!

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CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

GVWR:

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

GVWR is the maximum operating weight of a vehicle as specified by the manufacturer, minus any trailers.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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Ok we're experimenting with a new glossary feature. We're injecting the glossary right into the forum and blog pages of TruckingTruth so you'll now see little book icons next to glossary terms we've defined like:

CDL

GVWR

Qualcomm

Now what I'm doing is limiting the system so it only injects one book icon per term per comment. That way terms will get defined in each comment they appear in, but only once. That way we won't see 30 icons for the same term in the same comment.

So let me know if you guys are having any problems with it and of course we're looking for suggestions on how to improve it. Please don't be shy about it. We want this to be an awesome feature that's really helpful to those who need it but not a hinderance to those who don't.

We're also considering allowing registered users to turn off the glossary completely if they like but I'm not sure if that's something we'll implement or not. We'd like feedback on that. I'm hoping the icons are easy enough to ignore but I'd like to hear your opinions.

Thanks!

smile.gif

CDL:Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Qualcomm:Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.GVWR:Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

GVWR is the maximum operating weight of a vehicle as specified by the manufacturer, minus any trailers.

I saw the icons on another thread before i read this. They were no bother, and now that I know what they are, I'm thinking that is a VERY cool feature.

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CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

GVWR:

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

GVWR is the maximum operating weight of a vehicle as specified by the manufacturer, minus any trailers.

GCWR:

Gross Combined Weight Rating

The GCWR refers to the total weight of a vehicle, including all trailers.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Brett, you're the man. I'm always impressed by how well you keep up with and take requests for improvements. Not only does it keep it fun and easy but also very professional.

Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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Very nice! :) Really like how it pops up with the definition instead of loading another page... very fast and easy, you don't lose your place in the thread so that should remove any hesitation to click on a term for fear of losing your place on the page.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Thanks guys! Glad you're diggin it so far!

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Great idea for people new to the industry! I knew you were up to something!

How does it do with abbreviations? Often times Qualcomm gets abbreviated as QC. Or BoL instead of Bill of Lading?

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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How does it do with abbreviations?

Works great. We still have a ton of terms to add but we've gotten a pretty good start. I can enter alternatives also like.......

BMI

body mass index

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Body Mass Index:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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How does it do with abbreviations?

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Works great. We still have a ton of terms to add but we've gotten a pretty good start. I can enter alternatives also like.......

BMI

body mass index

BMI:Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Body Mass Index:Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Ah, very good sir! Congratulations on 5,000 posts!

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Body Mass Index:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Ah, very good sir! Congratulations on 5,000 posts!

I just noticed that this morning. That's a lot!

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Daniel B.'s Comment
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Ah, very good sir! Congratulations on 5,000 posts!

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I just noticed that this morning. That's a lot!

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It's okay, I'm #2 all time!

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