[LibX] Web Localization via Embedded Cues - Amazon, Open URL button in catalog in 2.0, and LibX 1.5 with IE

Godmar Back godmar at gmail.com
Wed Nov 30 11:03:42 PST 2011


On Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 11:27 AM, Anna Hulseberg <ahulsebe at gustavus.edu>wrote:

>  Hello, all. I am writing with multiple questions. (And if I should be
> sending these directly to the LibX team rather than this list, someone
> please respond to me directly and let me know.)
>
> Question 1 - Web Localization via Embedded Cues on Amazon: Following up on
> Godmar's response of 11/22/11 to my question about this: Just so I make
> sure I understand correctly what I should tell our collection development
> coordinator, do you anticipate that this functionality (embedded cue for
> searching our library catalog in Amazon for formats other than books) will
> be added to LibX 2.0? And what can I tell him about the anticipated
> timeline?
>

I have three graduate students currently working on LibX 2.0. Brian and
Rupen are trying to push the client release (the plug-in) out the door.
Sony is working on getting the Libapp Builder (which will allow the
customization of such functionality).


>
> Question 2 - Open URL Button in Catalog 2.0 - When our users download the
> LibX 2.0 beta version, it makes our Find It! button (SFX open URL button)
> appear in our catalog (VUFIND) search results, which we don't want to
> happen. This does not happen in 1.5 . Does this happen for others? Is there
> some way to change that so it doesn't appear in the catalog? Is this a
> default in 2.0 beta, or did I inadvertently configure our 2.0 settings to
> make this happen?
>
>
In LibX 1.5, we have a hack in place to suppress this. In 2.0, it'll be
done with the libapp framework. Brian and Sony have been working on exactly
this as an example. Essentially, the COinS libapp will need to contain an
exclude for this domain where you don't want the COinS to be processed.
 BTW, it's a bit of a concern that there doesn't seem to be a good
convention for COinS, where to visually place them. There's processed by
Zotero and LibX, except that Zotero doesn't render anything (unlike LibX,
which places a button.)

VuFind's developers don't seem to care what happens if there's a graphical
representation of a COinS. Perhaps VuFind should be changed, or we should
adopt a convention such as looking at the style of the span and not render
it if say the style is invisible.


> Question 3 - With our latest revision of LibX for IE, we receive the
> following error message when we attempt to perform a search through LibX
> (for instance, a search of our book catalog): "Error in searching: Object
> reference not set to an instance of an object." That error message displays
> and no search is performed. Are others having this problem? I started by
> asking our IT specialist, and this was his response: "I tested it on a
> few machines and I receive the same error. I am guessing it is a bug due to
> it installing in the x64 version of IE instead of the x32 version. It
> should be installing on the x32 version. I think they need to fix their
> installer to work with Windows 7 x64. It could also be that they don’t
> support IE 9." Can someone please advise as to what I can do on my end to
> correct this problem? Or is this something that needs to be addressed by
> the LibX team?
>
>
Probably by us. LibX IE - we don't have the manpower right now to support
it.
LibX is open source, if anybody wants to tackle this task, go ahead.
Fortunately, LibX IE is now a minority browser (and we've added support for
Chrome.)

 - Godmar



> Thanks in advance for advice on these issues!
> Anna
>
> On 11/22/2011 4:45 PM, Godmar Back wrote:
>
>
>  Let's add this to feature list for LibX 2.0 - the LibX core feed amazon
> libapp could be extended so, or someone could implement a libapp for it.
>
>  Rupen,
>
>  perhaps you can make this a demo as part of the LibX 2.0 documentation
> you're creating?
>
>   - Godmar
>
> On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 3:16 PM, Anna Hulseberg <ahulsebe at gustavus.edu>wrote:
>
>> Greetings. Our collection development coordinator has asked me if it's
>> possible to configure LibX so the embedded cue for searching our library
>> catalog appears in Amazon for formats other than books. In this case, he is
>> specifically wondering about CDs. The LibX home page states that "book
>> pages at Amazon or Barnes & Noble contain cues that can check whether the
>> library has the book you are looking to buy." I'm wondering if "book pages"
>> means the embedded cues are only available for books/only available for
>> items with an ISBN?
>>
>> Thank you.
>> Anna
>>
>> --
>> Anna Hulseberg
>> Academic Librarian, Electronic Resources
>> Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library
>> Gustavus Adolphus College
>> 800 West College Avenue
>> St. Peter, MN 56082
>> 507-933-7566
>>
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>
> --
> Anna Hulseberg
> Academic Librarian, Electronic Resources
> Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library
> Gustavus Adolphus College
> 800 West College Avenue
> St. Peter, MN 56082507-933-7566
>
>
> --
> Anna Hulseberg
> Academic Librarian, Electronic Resources
> Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library
> Gustavus Adolphus College
> 800 West College Avenue
> St. Peter, MN 56082507-933-7566
>
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