RE: Additional keywords?

From: MacKenzie Smith <kenzie_at_MIT.EDU>
Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 10:48:43 -0400

What you’re asking about is the standard Exhibit (and Babel) functionality, which is highly customizable. The doc for Exhibit is at and Babel is (although as a hosted service it’s not as flexible, so a lot of users write their own local data converters). The simile-widgets google group is active and I bet you could get some useful suggestions there, if you want to go the Exhibit route.

Unfortunately Citeline, as a customized and hosted Exhibit builder for bibliographic data, was an interesting experiment that is coming to an end since MIT can’t afford to continue supporting it. So I’d recommend Exhibit, if you want to keep working on this.



From: Frank Fisher []
Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 2:30 AM
To: MacKenzie Smith;
Subject: RE: Additional keywords?

Hi MacKenzie, many thanks for that, but I don’t think this fits the bill. It is the facets that I need to customise, rather than the wider page template. I read through the info there but it doesn’t seem to offer anything new on facets.

It’s hard for me to judge what’s happening inside citeline, but if I look at the JSON coming back what’s clear is that some tags – eg authors, keywords – are treated differently; that data is returned to the page as a line-broken list, surrounded by straight brackets, rather than a single text string. The facets that work off *this* info deliver a list of keywords, numbered according to their total count, linking to all articles containing that keyword – no other tags seem to deliver this.

Do you have some documentation on the full range of tags, and how citeline, or babel, translate their content? I know in other publication types there are further tags, such at ‘cat’ that look as if they might deliver this keywords#2 possibility, but they don’t’ seem available when using the article type publication.

Hope you can help!

Frank Fisher

From: MacKenzie Smith [mailto:kenzie_at_MIT.EDU]
Sent: 10 May 2011 01:12
To: Frank Fisher;
Subject: RE: Additional keywords?

Hi Frank,

What you want to do requires changing one of the Citeline display “templates” or creating a new one. If you want to do that, the technical (programmer) documentation for Citeline is at

Alternatively you could use the regular Exhibit tool which is the bit of Citeline that does the UI, and is more flexible with different kinds of data.

Either option requires some technical work on your part, but is do-able if you need it.


From: Frank Fisher []
Sent: Friday, May 06, 2011 3:47 AM
Subject: Additional keywords?

Hi, how can I add a facet similar to keywords, but searching on separate fields, like categories? I see your returned json treats keywords differently to other fields, and this is what is picke dup by the facets – is there another tag I can use to get a similar output I can then grab?


"keywords" : [

“otherkeywords” " : [


Frank Fisher
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