[Archivesspace_Users_Group] ASpace's PDF view of finding aids

Lora Davis ljdavis at jhu.edu
Thu Jun 23 10:26:14 EDT 2016

Hi Mark,

I, like you, haven’t really looked at the PDF XSL-FO.  At my prior institution we maintained our export EAD -> local XSLT -> HTML workflow (and we were hosted so couldn’t access the application anyway), and, at my current institution, we’ve only been live in ASpace for about a month.  That said, as we start kicking the tires here, our team has been generating a running list of PDF issues/concerns in our local JIRA instance.

PDF exports are low-ish on my priority list right now, but I’m happy to pass these tickets along in case they’re of use to you.  I’m just copying/pasting these out from our JIRA where they’ve been recorded by users other than myself, so I expect you might need to follow up with me for more clarity off list.

-          (Not a stylesheet issue, just general comment about the process) Exporting to PDF still necessitates a lot of click-through! Can we streamline this?  Also, when exporting as PDF, search only works with text title. Can't search as MS.0545 for example.

-          (You’ve addressed this.  Thanks!) PDF export fails entirely when inline coding present in ToC.

-          When exporting to PDF, public and unpublished notes show up.

-          (Guessing this stems from the XSL-FO predating the container management plugin/1.5.0) For collection level finding aids (e.g. no dsc exists) instance information is presented in “Summary Information” in a confusing fashion.  For example, the label reads “Mixed Materials [31151030059731] [box]:” and value reads “1.”  This makes no sense to users.

Again, feel free to follow up directly and I can get better examples/screenshots/etc. from the team.

Thanks for taking this on,


Lora J. Davis
Digital Archivist
The Sheridan Libraries
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD     21228
(410) 516-5898
ljdavis at jhu.edu

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I haven’t really looked too much at the PDF that ASpace provides since we’re still using our local PDF transformation process, so I’m curious what folks think of that output in general?  I feel like most of the feedback that I’ve heard has been positive, with a few requests to change things like font sizes in certain places.

For those of you who are using the PDFs, what are the things you’d like to see changed, if anything?


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