[bksvol-discuss] Re: separate lists of books

Right, Cindy.  We don't know "the code".  <smile>  Jake is a computer 
science major so he does know it.

Sue S.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 1:46 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] separate lists of books


Thanks, Gerald, for the explanation. Yes, that does
help. I *think* I understand. If I do understand
correctly, one can get a list of books in any
category, or more than one, in English or in Spanish
or all languages, but not in order of "publication"
unless one knows how to manipulate the URL--which Jake
has so kindly done for those who want to know the most
recent books added.

I  think the person asking about children's books in
English didn't care about dae of publication, but I
may be wrong about that. smile

I appreciate your and Jake's patience in dealing with
those of us who are not completely computer savvy.
smile.

Cindy
--- Gerald Hovas <GeraldHovas@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Cindy,
>
> The Advanced Search feature consists of two parts:
> the form which allows the
> user to specify what search is to be performed and
> the code which performs
> the search.  The form informs the code which search
> is to be performed
> through a set of options tacked on to the end of the
> URL.  BTW, the URL is
> what most people refer to as the address.
>
> OK, keeping in mind that there are two parts to
> Advanced Search, the code
> supports sorting the results with the most recent
> books first while the form
> does not.  That doesn't mean that you can't manually
> set the options in the
> URL to force the books to be sorted in the way we
> want to see them, the most
> recent first.  Jake has done this and added a link
> to his website which
> allows others to pull up the list without having to
> understand how to do it.
> He doesn't generate the list, though.  He simply
> passes along a set of
> options to the Advanced Search code which causes
> Bookshare to generate the
> list.
>
> If you still don't understand this explanation, then
> think of it like this.
> Your library has a set of the old-style card
> catalogs which lists the books
> in a bunch of different ways., including a card
> catalog that lists the most
> recent English books first.  Before you are allowed
> to use one of the card
> catalogs though, you have to fill out a piece of
> paper which contains a form
> for requesting permission to use a specific catalog.
>  There's one catch to
> this form though.  It doesn't allow you to choose
> the card catalog which you
> want to see.  It contains options for specifying all
> of the other card
> catalogs, but not the one with the most recent
> English books listed first,
> because someone forgot to list it on the form.  The
> library will let you see
> any card catalog they have though if you add a note
> somewhere on the form
> that explains that you want to see a catalog which
> isn't in the list of
> options.
>
> OK, that is what Jake is doing.  He's found out that
> Advanced Search can
> sort the list of English books with the most recent
> books first and is
> telling the code that he wants to see it even though
> the form doesn't allow
> him to request it.
>
> HTH
>
> Gerald
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
> Behalf Of Cindy
> Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 2:30 AM
> To: bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx;
> bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: FW:
> [bookshare-discuss] Re: e: Re: SEPARATE
> PAGES FOR BOOKS IN ENGLISH, BOOKS IN SPANISH, AND
> BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
>
> Thanks to Gerald for goading me into looking more
> carefully at the Advanced Search section and
> experimenting. Up to now I've only used that to
> quickly search the collection for a specific title
> or
> books by a specific author, but now--I still don't
> understand how Jake gets his list of newest books
> from
> there. I was able to get a list of all books in
> English, sorted by "publication date" or title, but
> not the newest ones. Anyway, I'm content to let Jake
> keep that list.
>
> I did ascertain, however, that you can obtain a list
> of children's books in English--or books of any
> other
> category in any specific language by following this
> procedure:
>
> In Advanced Search, select the language you want
> your
> book list in; choose the quality, if you care; leave
> the check mark in All categories and then put a
> check
> mark in the category of Children's Books (or any
> other
> category yo want a list for). Then click on Search.
> I
> find it at the bottom of the page but for you i
> might
> be elsewhere.
>
> There are 2,857 children's books in English, 2,888
> altogether. The only  problem with the category is
> that it is a large one, including picture books and
> books for older grades such as Island of the Blue
> Dolphins (in both Spanish and English)--books up to
> grades 6, maybe even 7 & 8.
>
> For a shortcut to a list of children's books in
> English, try the tiny URL below. I tested it and it
> does work, though you have to wait a minute or two
> for
> the list to load.
>
> http://tinyurl.com/s6l77
>
> Thank you again, Gerald.
>
> Cindy
>
> P.S. Does anyone know when Gustavo will be
> returning?
>
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