[LibX] LibX and VuFind advanced search

Godmar Back godmar at gmail.com
Tue Oct 5 15:17:00 PDT 2010

Bookmarklets are pretty powerful, but the second option we have is to
support VuFind as a fully fledged catalog.

So far, though, the UI supports only the choices of one or more fields +
their types.

I tend to agree with the sentiment that we're aiming to support common
searches and the occasional advanced search. That said, with the new
interface in 2.0, we're less restricted and more flexible in adding new
features (since it's just a jQuery HTML page, really). So from that
perspective we're open in principle.

 - Godmar

On Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 3:54 PM, Tim Knight/osgoode <TKnight at osgoode.yorku.ca
> wrote:

> Hi Jake,
> I agree that most users would probably not use the toolbar for complex
> searches.  I wonder if that feature could be disabled in LibX to prevent
> those rare adventurous types who might try a combination search of some
> sort?  Or is there some other way that this could fail more gracefully?
> Tim
> From:        "Glenn, Jacob" <jkglenn at umich.edu>
> To:        Tim Knight/osgoode <TKnight at osgoode.yorku.ca>
> Cc:        "libx at mozdev.org" <libx at mozdev.org>
> Date:        10/05/2010 02:34 PM
> Subject:        Re: [LibX] LibX and VuFind advanced search
> ------------------------------
> We have our VuFind installation set up as a bookmarklet catalog in LibX
> with the full list of search fields, not all of which are available in our
> basic search. But there are many advanced search options (long pick lists)
> that we haven't tried to implement, just because they wouldn't really
> function within the limitations imposed by the LibX UI. The URL template
> approach is also somewhat crippling (when you get done coding up that %JOIN
> statement to handle every possible language code, let me know).
> Other advanced search options are dependent on logic that isn't accessible
> to LibX, like choosing from among a list of locations which is displayed
> depending on which library you've selected. AFAIK you can only use one kind
> of Boolean operator in a bookmarklet template, so in our edition everything
> is ANDed together. You could use OR instead but I don't think there's any
> way to combine them.
> My personal feeling is that users don't really want to use a browser
> toolbar to construct a complex advanced search anyway, so I don't see this
> particular issue as one of LibX's major shortcomings. But I would still be
> interested in hearing about any workarounds others have developed.
> Jake
> On Oct 5, 2010, at 9:41 AM, Tim Knight/osgoode wrote:
> > Hello all,
> > We've got LibX working nicely with our VuFind basic search.  We've
> recently implemented the advance search feature in VuFind and would love to
> have LibX tap into that.  Has anyone managed to get this to work?
> > Thanks.
> > Best regards,
> > Tim
> >
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