[LibX] Broken cues; ISBN vs ISSN in autolink/context menu searches

Glenn, Jacob jkglenn at umich.edu
Mon Aug 31 10:13:26 PDT 2009


On 8/18/09 10:47 PM, "Godmar Back" <godmar at gmail.com> wrote:

> Yes, that's correct. LibX autodetects if it's an ISSN or ISBN, then applies
> the code 'is' and 'i', respectively.

LibX may apply this code automatically, but in a bookmarklet catalog it
won't be handled correctly when constructing the URL unless the maintainer
handles each option explicitly in the URL template.

Since this feature is undocumented (AFAIK) and there is no way to
differentiate between ISSN and ISBN in the edition builder, anyone trying to
set up a bookmarklet as their primary LibX catalog is likely to run into
trouble with ISSN/ISBN searches. With more libraries moving to alternative
interfaces like Vufind and Blacklight that aren't supported as catalog types
in LibX and must be set up as a bookmarklet, I can see how this might cause
maintainers a lot of grief in the future.

Jake



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