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This screen is defined in Management > Templates > Application Templates:

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  1. In Template Types, select Page Body Template and click on Search
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  2. Click in Edit next to the Search template:
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  3. It is best to work in HTML – click on the Source button to switch to HTML
  4. When you have finishing editing, click on Save

Soutron's standard Search Portal designs are based on 8 Themes which can be selected to create a branded Search interface for the Library or Archive. 


The Search Portal Page Layout  is made up of a number of templates for the Header template, Page Body Template and Footer Template. 

These are accessed by using the Admin menu function and selecting System & Database Settings >>>> Portal Layouts 

The form presented lists a number of page layouts. This will be determined largely at the time the system is implemented and set up ready to use.

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Select one of the Layouts presented e.g. Simple Search and click EDIT to present a pop up window that shows the .different templates that have been assigned to the Search Portal page. 

The ability to choose different templates allows complete flexibility in how a Portal page is presented. 

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Select the area of the form that is to be amended and changed, e.g. Body template and select EDIT or from the drop down list, choose a different template.  A separate tab in the Web Browser is opened and a form showing the Template Editor is displayed

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This allows WYSIWYG editing to be performed  or work in HTML  directly by clicking on the Source button to switch to an HTML editor. 

There are numerous possibilities to change the information and the way it is displayed to the end user, using this form. For example, different MACROS can be selected to appear in the form, so the user can view content in a particular manner without having to encode a function or data. In the example below, the macros SIMPLE_SEARCH and SAVED_SEARCH  are presented in the HTML and placed at the top of the form. Other macros could be selected and inserted at different places in the form. 

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Multiple Portals can be established and each can have a different layout and different set of features.  

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When creating links to records in the database or saved searches, the CID of a specific record can be assigned. Similarly the same is true for Saved Searches.    

The syntax for linking to specific records is:


61872 is the CID of the catalogue record


The syntax for linking to saved searches is:


usersearchId=43 is the saved search ID