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Thanks for the input!  What you said makes sense, but ...

I don't generate the collection identifies for DSpace, so they have nothing to do with with finding aids (and are essentially random).  For example, the DSpace URL for our MSS 109, George S. Messersmith papers, is http://udspace.udel.edu/handle/19716/5973 with "5973" as the part that identifies that specific collection. 

The XML in our finding aid uses the collection's actual identifier and looks like:  <eadid identifier="mss0109.xml">. If I need to encode the DSpace identifier (in this case "5973")  in the finding aid someplace, where would it go?

Much appreciated!
Jaime


Jaime L. Margalotti
Senior Assistant Librarian
Manuscripts and Archives Department University of Delaware Library
Newark, DE  19717-5267
302-831-0554
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---- Original message ----
>Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:21:59 +0000
>From: Encoded Archival Description List <[log in to unmask]> (on behalf of Michele R Combs <[log in to unmask]>)
>Subject: Re: Using a search box in EAD  
>To: [log in to unmask]
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>If the collection name you need for the search string is in the EAD someplace, like in unitid or eadid, you can construct custom strings with a single style sheet.  For example, if the search string needs to be this:
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>http://mydspace/[collectionname]/index.htm
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>and you have this in your EAD
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><eadid identifier="[collectionname]">
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>Then your style sheet can construct the custom search string on the fly by grabbing the collection name from the identifier.
>
>Michele
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: Encoded Archival Description List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jaime Margalotti
>Sent: Friday, March 29, 2013 7:46 AM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: Using a search box in EAD
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>That makes sense and I'll do it if it's my only option. The search boxes are pointed to specific collections in DSpace and I had hoped to avoid having custom stylesheets for individual finding aids. Up until now we've just had a single stylesheet to handle everything.
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>Thanks,
>Jaime
>
>Sent from my iPhone
>
>On Mar 28, 2013, at 10:27 PM, MicheleR <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> On 3/28/2013 5:40 PM, Jaime Margalotti wrote:
>>> Hi All,
>>> 
>>> For several of our collections, we have digital content available in 
>>> DSpace.  In the HTML version of our finding aids, we include a DSpace 
>>> search box in the "Materials Available in Alternative Format" 
>>> section. Is there any way to make this functionality (<form 
>>> action="http://udspace.udel.edu/handle/1971/5533/search" 
>>> method="post">) into something that won't break my EAD finding aids?  
>>> I've been slipping it into the HTML post-transformation, but that 
>>> won't really be viable when we start transforming on the fly.
>> 
>> Why won't that work with an on-the-fly transformation?  It doesn't need to go into the EAD, your style sheet could insert it as part of the transformation.
>> 
>> Michele
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