This tech tip is a preview of unreleased software. The details and appearances of certain elements may change between now and the final release.
WebLink 8 introduces the new WebLink 8 Designer, which enables you to customize the look and feel of your WebLink site with an easy-to-use utility. You can customize the theme of your site, the Welcome Page, navigation buttons, the Document Viewer, how search results are displayed, and other search options without writing any code. Last week’s tech tip covered the Theme, Welcome Page, and Navigation tabs of this WebLink Designer. This tech tip will be a preview of the remaining tabs: Document Viewer, Search Results, and Search Options.
The Document Viewer tab enables you to customize the default cursor mode, the zoom level, and whether or not searching for documents in WebLink via the Internet will highlight the term you searched when opening the document from the search results. The cursor mode can be configured to either scroll through or zoom into pages when using the mouse scroll wheel and the default zoom level is how the document should be displayed in the Document Viewer when first opening it. You can view the entire document page or fit the width of the document to the width of the Document Viewer.
The manner in which search results are displayed when users perform searches can be customized. You can hide/display entry properties, user-selected fields, context hits, thumbnails, and/or metadata. For example, if the thumbnails are taking up too much space, you can hide them so users can’t access them at all, or you can minimize them so users can expand and view them as needed. Changes made to the search results can be displayed in the preview pane at the bottom of the Search Results tab. You can rearrange the different components of each result and configure additional options for entry properties and user-selected fields.
The Search Options tab enables you to configure the Quick Search to search text, entry names, fields, or annotations – or do a combination of these depending on how you want users searching for entries in WebLink. You also have the option to enable fuzzy searches which allow you to find all words or phrases that are similar to what you’re searching for. Additionally, you can configure a minimum number of field values users must input when performing template searches, which forces users to make searches more specific. For example, this would be useful for repositories containing documents that are all assigned the same template. In that case, performing a template search with no field values will not only make the search slow, but will also return every document in your repository.