In the default theme, the Dominion theme, AtoM’s view and edit pages are generally displayed in the user interface in either a 2 or 3 column layout - the current record’s display data is presented in the central part of the page, while the side column(s) are generally used to provide additional options and further contextual information to enhance user orientation and navigation. These side columns make up the context menu.
The information provided in the context menu varies by the entity type or display. Each is described separately below.
The context menu for an archival description includes the following elements:
- The name/logo of the archival institution which holds the resource described (this may not appear in single repository installations).
- The treeview (described in more detail below)
- Related subjects, linking to descriptions with the same subject as the resource described.
- Related people and organizations, including the creator of the resource described as well as an people or organizations who are the subject of the resource described. These link to the authority record for the person or organization.
- Physical storage information.
The treeview is a contextual and navigation element located in the context menu for archival descriptions, places, and subjects. It serves the dual purpose of showing a record or term’s relationships to other records or terms in a hierarchy, as well as serving as a navigational tool.
In the figure to the right, the record for a file is highlighted, showing the placement of the file in a hierarchy, e.g. what series and fonds does it belong to. In this example, the user is viewing File 994058-001 in a Series called “Personal records, in a fonds titled the “John Honsberger fonds.” The treeview allows the user to see the current record’s position in the collection hierarchy, and by clicking on the blue hyperlinked titles of other records, the user can navigate easily from one record to another contained in the same fonds or collection
To navigate the fonds or series users can do the following:
- Click on a different file title to see that file level description. The main archival description view page will reload to display the selected file-level record, which will now be highlighted in the treeview.
- Click on the ellipses to expand more file descriptions not currently in view.
- Click on the title of the series to read the series level descripton. Again, the main archival description view page will reload to display the selected series-level record, which will now be highlighted in the treeview.
- Click on the “caret” beside a description with children (e.g. the series description in this example) to expand or collapse all the children titles.
- Click on the title of the fonds to read the fonds-level description, which will also reload the view page to display the selected fonds- level description.
As shown in this image, users can also click on the “Quick search” tab at the top of the treeview to search for titles and identifiers within the fonds or collection. For more information on using the Treeview quick search, see: Treeview quick search.
The context menu for an authority record includes the following elements:
The context menu for an archival institution includes the following elements:
- The name/logo of the institution.
- A list of the first 10 alphabetically listed holdings at the fonds or collection level of description of the institution, with a link to the complete holdings.
- The primary contact information for the institution, including buttons that link to the institution’s website and email. The contact information is drawn from the information added to the “Contact” area of the archival institution record.
When a user searches for a term which is organized hierarchically in a taxonomy the context menu will include a treeview of that taxonomy. Terms which are organized in taxonomies include subjects, places and functions.
Open the general index or type your search in the search box.