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Retaining Search or Sort Order when Paging through Items

Problem

When paging item by item using the next and previous buttons, Omeka calls the next item in the database by its ID, not by the order that you have searched or sorted prior to viewing the individual items.

Solution

My solution requires some changes to each theme.

  1. Create a custom.php file to hold the new navigation function. The custom.php should be at the theme's root (ex: /APP_DIRECTORY/themes/default/custom.php):

    function custom_paging()
    {
    //Starts a conditional statement that determines a search has been run
        if (isset($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING'])) {
    
            // Sets the current item ID to the variable $current
            $current = metadata('item', 'id');
    
            //Break the query into an array
            parse_str($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING'], $queryarray);
    
            //Items don't need the page level
            unset($queryarray['page']);
    
            $itemIds = array();
            $list = array();
            if (isset($queryarray['query'])) {
                    //We only want to browse previous and next for Items
                    $queryarray['record_types'] = array('Item');
                    //Get an array of the texts from the query.
                    $textlist = get_db()->getTable('SearchText')->findBy($queryarray);
                    //Loop through the texts ans populate the ids and records.
                    foreach ($textlist as $value) {
                            $itemIds[] = $value->record_id;
                            $record = get_record_by_id($value['record_type'], $value['record_id']);
                            $list[] = $record;
                    }
            }
            elseif (isset($queryarray['advanced'])) {
                    if (!array_key_exists('sort_field', $queryarray))
                    {
                            $queryarray['sort_field'] = 'added';
                            $queryarray['sort_dir'] = 'd';
                    }
                    //Get an array of the items from the query.
                    $list = get_db()->getTable('Item')->findBy($queryarray);
                    foreach ($list as $value) {
                            $itemIds[] = $value->id;
                            $list[] = $value;
                    }
            }
            //Browsing all items in general
            else
            {
                    if (!array_key_exists('sort_field', $queryarray))
                    {
                            $queryarray['sort_field'] = 'added';
                            $queryarray['sort_dir'] = 'd';
                    }
                    $list = get_db()->getTable('Item')->findBy($queryarray);
                    foreach ($list as $value) {
                            $itemIds[] = $value->id;
                    }
            }
    
            //Update the query string without the page and with the sort_fields
            $updatedquery = http_build_query($queryarray);
            $updatedquery = preg_replace('/%5B[0-9]+%5D/simU', '%5B%5D', $updatedquery);
    
            // Find where we currently are in the result set
            $key = array_search($current, $itemIds);
    
            // If we aren't at the beginning, print a Previous link
            if ($key > 0) {
                $previousItem = $list[$key - 1];
                $previousUrl = record_url($previousItem, 'show') . '?' . $updatedquery;
                    $text = __('← Previous Item');
                echo '<li id="previous-item" class="previous"><a href="' . html_escape($previousUrl) . '">' . $text . '</a></li>';
            }
    
            // If we aren't at the end, print a Next link
            if ($key >= 0 && $key < (count($list) - 1)) {
                $nextItem = $list[$key + 1];
                $nextUrl = record_url($nextItem, 'show') . '?' . $updatedquery;
                    $text = __("Next Item &rarr;");
                    echo '<li id="next-item" class="next"><a href="' . html_escape($nextUrl) . '">' . $text . '</a></li>';
            }
        } else {
            // If a search was not run, then the normal next/previous navigation is displayed.
            echo '<li id="previous-item" class="previous">'.link_to_previous_item_show().'</li>';
            echo '<li id="next-item" class="next">'.link_to_next_item_show().'</li>';
        }
    }
    
  2. Make sure the query parameters are being passed: In the items/browse.php class, replace the line:

    <h2><?php echo link_to_item(metadata('item', array('Dublin Core', 'Title')), array('class'=>'permalink')); ?></h2>
    

with the following to pass the query and sorting parameters:

if(isset($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']) && !empty($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']))
{

    $searchlink = record_url('item').'?' . $_SERVER['QUERY_STRING'];

    echo '<h2><a href="'.$searchlink.'">'. metadata('item', array('Dublin Core','Title')).'</a></h2>';
}

else
{
    echo '<h2>'.link_to_item(metadata('item', array('Dublin Core','Title')), array('class'=>'permalink')).'</h2>';
}
  1. Have the links changed to use the new custom code from custom.php: In the items/show.php class, replace the lines:

    <li id="previous-item" class="previous"><?php echo link_to_previous_item_show(); ?></li>
    
    <li id="next-item" class="next"><?php echo link_to_next_item_show(); ?></li>
    

with:

<?php custom_paging(); ?>
  1. Make a copy of the application/views/scripts/search/index.php and place it under the THEME/search directory (create one if it isn't already there).

  2. To preserve the query and sort parameters: In search/index.php, replace the line:

    <td><a href="<?php echo record_url($record, 'show'); ?>"><?php echo $searchText['title'] ? $searchText['title'] : '[Unknown]'; ?></a></td>
    

with:

<?php

if(isset($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']) && !empty($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']))
{
        $searchlink = record_url($record, 'show').'?' . $_SERVER['QUERY_STRING'];

?>



        <td><a href="<?php echo $searchlink; ?>"><?php echo $searchText['title'] ? $searchText['title'] : '[Unknown]'; ?></a></td>

<?php
}
else
{

?>

        <td><a href="<?php echo record_url($record, 'show'); ?>"><?php echo $searchText['title'] ? $searchText['title'] : '[Unknown]'; ?></a></td>
<?php

}

?>
  1. To make custom_paging work for items within an Exhibit (and sort by DC Date):

    • Add the following before //Browsing all items in general in Step 1.

    • Replace YOUR_SLUG_HERE with the slug for your Exhibit.

    • Replace YOUR_EXHIBIT_ID_HERE with your Exhibit ID.

    • Do this for each of your Exhibits.:

      //Browsing exhibit YOUR_EXHIBIT_ID_HERE items
      elseif (strpos($_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER'],'exhibits/show/YOUR_SLUG_HERE') != false) {
              $exhibit_query = "search=&advanced[0][element_id]=&advanced[0][type]=&advanced[0][terms]=&range=&collection=&type=&user=&public=&featured=&exhibit=YOUR_EXHIBIT_ID_HERE&submit_search=Search&sort_field=Dublin+Core%2CDate";
              parse_str($exhibit_query, $queryarray);
              unset($queryarray['page']);
      
              if (!array_key_exists('sort_field', $queryarray))
              {
                      $queryarray['sort_field'] = 'added';
                      $queryarray['sort_dir'] = 'd';
              }
              //Get an array of the items from the query.
              $list = get_db()->getTable('Item')->findBy($queryarray);
              foreach ($list as $value) {
                      $itemIds[] = $value->id;
                      $list[] = $value;
              }
      
      }
      
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