Acrolinx Glossary

If you sometimes mix up Checking Profile and Content Profile, don't worry, you're not alone. Our glossary has got your back. Get on board with our lingo here.


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Guidance Profile

Determines the type of guidance that writers see in Sidebar. Writers can pick a Guidance Profile from the Sidebar, which automatically sets their language and check settings. Guidance Profiles are managed centrally by an administrator, so that a writer using the Sidebar only has to pick a Guidance Profile without getting bogged down in detailed settings.

If you have Checking Profiles enabled, then a Guidance Profile corresponds to a Checking Profile. This means there is one Guidance Profile for each Checking Profile.

If you have disabled Checking Profiles, then your Guidance Profiles will correspond to your Writing Guides with all the check settings enabled.

Think: "I pick a Guidance Profile in the Sidebar to set my language and check settings."

Guidance Profiles
Checking Profile

Determines the type of guidance that writers see in Sidebar. You define the language, Writing Guide, term sets, and check settings for a particular Checking Profile. Writers can then select that Checking Profile (called a Guidance Profile) from the Sidebar, which will assign their check settings.

Think: "I can define a Checking Profile in the Dashboard to share language and check settings across multiple users."

Checking Profiles
Writing Guide

Part of your guidance package, and designed by our linguists. Writing Guides help you customize guidelines for each language and type of content (for example, Marketing or UI Strings).

Think: "My Writing Guides let me tune the guidelines for Marketing and Product Content separately."

Enable and Disable Guidelines
check settings

The specific combination of guidance categories that Acrolinx provides for a given check. The check settings for a check can include any combination of Spelling, Grammar, Style, and Tone of Voice guidance. Check settings are managed for writers through Guidance Profiles.

Think: "Check settings determine the categories of guidance I see in the Sidebar."

term set

A collection of terms. A term set is a group of term domains.

Think: "Term Sets link my term domains to my Writing Guides."

Term Sets


A specific linguistic rule that Acrolinx checks for in your content. For example, the "missing period" guideline tells you when there is a period missing at the end of a sentence.

Think: "Each card I see in the Sidebar is the result of a single guideline."


Content Profile

Lets you define which parts of your content Acrolinx should read, and which parts it should skip. You have a Content Profile for each type of content you want to check.

Think: "I define a Content Profile to make sure Acrolinx reads the right parts of my content in the right ways."

Content Profiles

Content Tracking

The method Acrolinx uses to keep track of your content for Analytics.

Think: "The Content Tracking method I choose affects how my Analytics data are organized."

Define How You Want Acrolinx To Track Your Content
Content Reference

The default Content Tracking method. The Content Reference lets you define how Acrolinx should identify your content, using the document file path or some content-specific metadata. Set on a Content Profile level.

Think: "If each of my articles has a unique parameter (like a URL slug) that doesn't change, then I can track my content using the Content Reference method."

Content Fingerprint

A Content Tracking method. The Content Fingerprint lets Acrolinx identify your content for you by looking at the written content itself. Set on a global level.

Think: "If my content frequently changes location and format, then I can use the Content Fingerprint method to let Acrolinx decide what is the same article based on my written content."

Content Groups

Content Groups let you create logical collections of your content that reflect how you think about your projects. For example, you might want to group all the content published on your blog or all the content from your marketing department. 

You can then view and compare aggregated metrics by Content Group. You can set a target score for each Content Group.

Think: "Content Groups help me separate and compare the different types of content that I manage."

Content Groups

Term Discovery

Used to be called Term Harvesting

Acrolinx discovers terms in your content that you can add to your terminology.

Writers can review and contribute terms discovered in their content using the Terminology Tab in the Sidebar.

The Term Discovery dashboard lets you review discovered terms, and see where and how your writers are using them.

Think: "Term Discovery helps me update our terminology using our real written content."

Terminology Tab

Term Discovery Dashboard