[Tellico-users] Dewey Decimal in Tellico?

Robby Stephenson robby at periapsis.org
Sat Jul 10 03:55:15 UTC 2010

On Friday 09 July 2010, Andrew Bennett wrote:
> Unfortunately, I think you'll have to re-build Tellico to get this.  With
> any luck, I'm mistaken and someone can point out an easier way :) but, if
> not, here's what I did with the 2.2 source:

Thanks for your pointer, Andrew. I wasn't sure yet where the Dewey value was 
in the MODS output. You can actually just add the field definition to the 
mods2tellico.xsl file and Tellico will add the Dewey field when you do a 
search.  I'm really impressed you did all that work!

Derek, just drop the attached mods2tellico.xsl in your 
~/.kde/share/apps/tellico/ folder. I didn't add the LCC that Andrew had (and 
I used dewey instead of dewey-class), but I did fix the subtitle, too.

> A useful thing for someone to do would be to research these fields and
> propose "correct" names, if we hope to get this functionality included in
> the Tellico source in the future.

I actually had the same question back in 2004! :)
I just decided not to add the LCC or Dewey to default fields since it would 
crowd things, but maybe I should add them to the optional list.

> Dewey appears to have an 'edition' field that the code above isn't
> returning (and I don't understand XSL well enough to include it); for
> example the LoC web page http://lccn.loc.gov/96008131 will show Dewey
> Class Number as "155.9/6 20" but in the returned MODS query it is
> "<classification authority="ddc" edition="20">155.9/6</classification>"
> and the code I wrote only returns the "155.9/6".  I don't know enough
> about Dewey to know if that field is important.

If you want that edition, edit the attached mods2tellico.xsl file to have 

    <xsl:value-of select="."/>
    <xsl:value-of select="concat(' ', @edition)"/>

> I noticed that SubTitle isn't being fetched;

Just fixed that.

> and that subjects/keywords
> that should be dashed are being treated as separate subjects (e.g. a
> book with "Research --Psychological aspects" and "Space flight
> --Psychological aspects" gets imported as "Research; Psychological
> aspects; Space flight; Psychological aspects") so I might try to look
> into those two issues, too.

Blame the MODS output for that, the field is being repeated that way. But I 
should figure out a way to make the list unique.

> A couple notes for Robby:
> - the instructions in 'COMPILING' were very helpful.  This was my first
> time using cmake so I really appreciated them.

Good to know. Also availabel online at

> - if I go to http://tellico-project.org/, mouse over 'Help' and then
> click on 'Handbook,' I am taken to a blank page
> http://docs.kde.org/development/en/extragear-office/tellico/index.html.
> View Source on that page also opens up an empty window. 

Not sure about that one. The KDE servers do their own thing and it's an 
automatically generated HTML file.

> - after adding the same book a few times (don't know if that was
> important or not), if I double-clicked on the entry to bring up the edit
> view, sometimes some (but never all) of the data fields (like title,
> author; seemed to change every time) would be blank. The data was still
> there; pressing escape, then enter to re-open the edit view usually
> would result in all the data being shown.  Sorry I don't have better
> replication instructions; I was doing this inside my main .tc file
> (saved in Tellico 2.1.1) with ~250 entries.

That one's odd. Maybe something wrong with the refresh somewhere. I'll try 
to reproduce.

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