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Searching in your app

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    You can easily search through all the metadata and all indexed text 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 your 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 the relevant metadata in all Collections and Content Items of the article-based app. Without that, a search request can show incomplete results. So, don't forget: Fill in Title, Author, Tagline, etc.

    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 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 Item Styles of your choice.

    After you have defined a Grid Style and a Item Style, you need to select those Styles in the Application Settings of your app.

    The grid and item style used for search is also the one you can use for the downloads overview, see Custom URL schemes for Twixl apps.

    TIP:

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

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