I'm working on a document where I use legends to describe abbreviations, short column names, units... generally things for which I don't have enough place in the main text to explain / elaborate.

These legend are formatted as a table, second column having the title "description", however I can't find a good title for the first column (abbreviations / words / expressions being described / explained).

What should be a good word here?

  • Why not just "Item"? Or "symbol"?
    – Andrew Leach
    Sep 25, 2016 at 21:24
  • Thanks @AndrewLeach! I didn't yet thought of it. That surely would make sense, however I'd like to get something with the meaning that this "item" will be described. Sep 25, 2016 at 21:27

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That sounds like a glossary.

Usually the column headers are term and definition. However, a lot of glossaries don't have any table column header. Just name the annex glossary and put the terms left and the definitions right.


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