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Searching in article-based apps

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    You can now easily search through all the metadata (>5.5) and all indexed text (>8.0) in your app (content item name, title, tag line, etc.). From the search results, one can quickly navigate to a relevant article.

    Search Screen

    1. How to activate this in an article-based app?

    You don't need to activate special options, but you will need to provide your reader a way to activate the search screen. You can do this by using special url schemes. More info about these special url schemes can be found here.

    WARNING:

    Since this functionality also depends heavily on metadata, it is very important that a publisher enters all metadata in all Collections and Content Items of the article-based app. Without that, a search-command can show incomplete results. So, don't forget: Fill in Title, Author, Tagline, etc.

    ALERT:

    Starting from Twixl Publisher 8.0, readers will also be able to search for indexed text of content! Some remarks though:

    This is an extra and important reason to maintain and fill in all your metadata.

    2. Look & Feel of the search-results screen

    The layout of your search-results screen is fully customisable. You can change the layout by using familiar Twixl Distribution Platform options.

    • The overall layout is defined by a Grid Style of your choice.
    • The layout per Content Item is defined by one or more Cell Styles of your choice.

    After you have defined a Grid Style and a Cell Style, you need to select those Styles in the Application Settings of your article-based application.

    TIP:

    We strongly advise you to use separate Grid and Cell Styles for your Search results screen. Also, give them a good and logical name (e.g. Search Grid Style 1). This way it will be much easier to organise and select different Styles in different Collections / Content Items of your article-based application.

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