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Lexicographer creates an alphabetical index of your blog, using keywords you choose. The index can be included in any page, post or text widget.

Lexicographer creates an alphabetical index of your blog, using keywords you choose. The index can be included in any page, post or text widget. Here's what such an index looks like:

I wrote this plugin because I like to invent words and define them on my blog, thereby creating a dictionary distributed over several posts. Not only was there no list of all the words available, it was also that Google wouldn't find the words because it couldn't deal with the stress marks I put in there, dictionary-style. Lexicographer solves both of these problems.

Author Kilian Evang
Contributors texttheater, jelsgaard
Tags dictionary, glossary, index, lemmas, words


  1. Search for and install Lexicographer directly through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress


  1. Download and unzip Lexicographer
  2. Upload the lexicographer directory to the /wp-content/plugins directory
  3. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress

See Other Notes ( for how to use Lexicographer.


  • Changed how the Lexicographer index is inserted in posts and pages. You must now use shortcodes instead of pasting the

{{Lexicographer index}}

string where you want the index to appear. * Using the shortcode, you can now specify the heading level of the capital character and if you want anchoring links for the terms or just plain links to posts. * Tested with Wordpress 4.4.2.


  • The individual index sections are now put into divs of class lexicographer-index-section for the benefit of those who want to style and/or script the index.


  • The index is now put into a div of class lexicographer-index for the benefit of those who want to style and/or script the index.


  • Transliteration of lemmas to ASCII both for creating anchor names and for sorting now uses the same transliteration table. The characters ÄäÖöÜü (graphemes corresponding to German umlauts) still receive special treatment in that they are expanded à la ä → ae for anchor names (but not for sorting), but this is now done as a preprocessing step.
  • The transliteration table now covers almost every latin-derived letter in the Unicode blocks Latin-1 Supplement, Latin Extended-A, Latin Extended-B and Latin Extended Additional. Most transliterations are "glyph-oriented" in that they involve only removing diacritic marks, decomposing ligatures and rotating letters back. A few transliterations are more "usage-oriented", such as ß → ss, þ → th or Ɣ → g. Some effort was made to keep the transliteration table sane, consistent and language-neutral. Missing letters are indicated in comments. Suggestions for additions and improvement are more than welcome!
  • Bugfix: generated links were broken if not using /%postname permalinks.
  • Bugfix: was indexing unpublished posts/pages on installation.


  • Now observing DB_CHARSET for creating the database table. This fixes a problem where non-ASCII characters get replaced by question marks when inserting into the table via a UTF-8 connection.
  • Tested with WordPress 3.3.2.
  • Updated documentation.


  • Index can now be inserted in widgets.
  • Tested with WordPress 3.3.
  • Updated documentation.


  • Lemmas are now removed from the index when the post/page containing them is deleted or otherwise unpublished.
  • The index now uses absolute links.
  • Tested with WordPress 2.9.1.
  • Updated documentation.


  • Initial release.


Lexicographer does not add any new elements to the WordPress admin interface. Instead, you use it as follows:

In your posts and pages, put the words and terms to index in spans of class lemma, like so: <span class="lemma">ˌsu·per·ca·liˌfra·gi·lis·ticˌex·pi·a·liˈdo·cious</span> (the stress and hyphenation marks are of course optional).

In the page (or post, or text widget) where you'd like the index to live, paste the following shortcode:


At this place, the index will be inserted. It will consist of the defined terms, linking to the definitions.

Shortcode attributes:

  • anchorlinks [true/false, default: true]: If true, anchored links to the terms will be created. If false, links to the post(s) containing the term will be created.
  • headerlevel [int, default: 3]: Which heading level to use for the capical characters in the index.


If you have questions or suggestions, contact me at poststelle ät texttheater döt net.

Version 0.8.2

Requires WordPress version: 2.8.4 or higher

Compatible up to: 4.7.2

Last Updated 10 Dec 2016

Date Added: 02 Oct 2009

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