HIP Tips!

Do your 856 URLs show up in a big font size that doesn’t seem to quite fit in with the rest of the text on the full bib page?

The quickest way to fix it is to fire up the Horizon table editor, select marc_map, and then locate the marc_map that you use for your 856 URLs.

In the “HTML format (Info Portal only)” field, insert class="smallAnchor" before the href. For example, if your HTML format looks like this:

<a href="$_">{<img src="$9">|$y|$_}</a>

…then change it to:

<a class="smallAnchor" href="$_">{<img src="$9">|$y|$_}</a>

Save the change, and then restart JBoss and the 856 links should pick up the formatting of the “smallAnchor” element from your HIP cascading style sheets (CSS).

And, for the more adventurous – if you’d like to know which 856 links your users are clicking on, then you can set your marc_map up to redirect to a CGI script that logs the URL and then redirects the user’s web browser to the true 856 link.

Once you’ve got your CGI script ready (in this case, I’ve called it logit.pl), you just need to change the 856 marc_map to link to the script – e.g.

<a href="http://foo.com/cgi/logit.pl?$_">{<img src="$9">|$y|$_}</a>

Once you’ve saved that and restarted JBoss, your 856 URLs look like this in HIP:

http://foo.com/cgi/logit.pl?http://www.ebooks.com/12345

Your CGI script just needs to take the contents of the QUERY_STRING environment variable (in the above, it’s http://www.ebooks.com/12345), append it to your log, and then issue a redirect to that URL.

(disclaimer: all of the above was done with Horizon 7.32 UK and HIP 3.04 – your mileage may vary depending on which versions you’ve got!)

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