[EP-tech] Re: Browse views - sub pages with one item

John Salter J.Salter at leeds.ac.uk
Wed Nov 21 12:57:10 GMT 2012


We're building a 'digital library' - with lots of lovely thing from our Special Collections and other dark corners of the University.

Metadata across collections is varied - trying to display a browse view for them as a whole is *nearly* impossible, as grouping requires some same-data to group by.
Individual collections would also want their own styling:
The Student newspaper conforms nicely to a 'normal' browse view - years/volumes/issues etc., but a collection of images of historical physical instruments (with free-form dates 'c.1920', '193?-194?', 'post war'?!), or photographs from a department from the turn of last century are a different matter.

Ideally, I'd like a view with no menus - just items displayed at the top level - but according to http://wiki.eprints.org/w/Views.pl, "You must have at least one menu level." 

Yes, the interface will be inconsistent across different collections, but there will be consistency within a collection.
The user experience of clicking a link just to click another link is not good...

Hope that makes some sense!?
Cheers,
John



-----Original Message-----
From: eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk [mailto:eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Leslie Carr
Sent: 21 November 2012 11:41
To: <eprints-tech at ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Subject: [EP-tech] Re: Browse views - sub pages with one item

Wouldn't that make the interface inconsistent and hence confusing?

I'm guessing you've found an example where this is really irritating - can you explain a bit more?
--
Les


On 21 Nov 2012, at 11:17, John Salter <J.Salter at leeds.ac.uk>
 wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm trying to work out the best way to make browse menus with only one item go straight to the item, rather than a page with one item, that then links to the item.
> E.g. from http://demoprints.eprints.org/view/year/, the '2011' link only has one item.
> I'd like the link '2011' text to link directly to http://demoprints.eprints.org/201/, rather than http://demoprints.eprints.org/view/year/2011.html - which then links to http://demoprints.eprints.org/201/.
> 
> Has anyone looked at doing this?
> 
> Cheers,
> John
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