I am in the process of writing a doctoral thesis. The final document will doubtless contain a few acronyms (I'll be avoiding too many!) One thing I need to do is keep track of which ones I've used and list them in a table somewhere near the beginning of the document.
I wonder if anyone knows of any free plug-in or tool for word processors (I'm using MS Word) that maintains a list of acronyms. I'm looking for the ability to auto-generate a table of acronyms, to have the first instance of any acronym automatically rendered in full with its Acronym In Brackets (AIB), with all other acronyms simply rendered as AIBs. (No, I don't use AIBs this liberally in real life, this is for demonstration only!)
This would save me having to track through for each acronym and check that I only use the AIB after the first use, and also allow me to (if need be) render a version of the document with all the acronyms expanded to their full version.
I suspect that in the fullness of time, this would be a time-saving tool. I'm aware of a paid-for tool for this, but am looking for a free tool.
Note: This solution provides the ability to create an index of acronyms, but it doesn't dynamically alter the first instance of each.