An oEmbed Service for Stanford University Libraries
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An oEmbed provider for embedding resources from the Stanford University Library.

Development/Test Sandbox

There is an embedded static page available at /pages/sandbox in your development and test environments. Make sure that you use the same host on the service input (first text field) as you are accessing the site from (e.g. localhost or

You'll also want to configure the Settings.embed_iframe_url to be the same host/port as you are accessing the site from to ensure that the iframe being embedded is pointing locally and not remotely (as is the default).

oEmbed specification details

URL scheme:*

API endpoint: TBD

Example: TBD?url=

Adding vendor assets with bower

Requires bower and uses bower-rails gem

npm install -g bower

Assets can be installed using bower commands

bower install listjs --save

Make sure to run the clean rake task to remove all of the extra stuff from bower packages (leaves the specified main file)

rake bower:clean

Assets can now be referenced in the assset pipeline

//= require listjs/dist/list

Assets used for production should be checked in so that dev and prod servers do not need to depend on nodejs and bower.

Creating Viewers

You can create a viewer by implementing a class with a pretty simple API.

The viewer class will be instantiated with an Embed::Request object. The initialize method is included in the CommonViewer parent class but can be overridden.

module Embed
  class Viewer
    class DemoViewer < CommonViewer

The class must define a class method returning an array of which types it will support. These types are derived from the type attribute from the contentMetadata.

module Embed
  class Viewer
    class DemoViewer < CommonViewer

      def self.supported_types

The file that the class is defined in (or your preferred method) should register itself as a view with the Embed module.

module Embed
  class Viewer
    class DemoViewer < CommonViewer
      def self.supported_types

Embed.register_viewer(Embed::Viewer::DemoViewer) if Embed.respond_to?(:register_viewer)

Linking in viewers

The rich HTML payload that is supplied via the oEmbed API is an iframe. This means that all consumers will be embedding an iframe into their page. Given this fact, generating links will require explicit targets if they are not intended to internally replace embed content. Given this, there are two patterns that can be used. For links intended to download files, a target="_blank" can be used (effectively opening a new tab for the download which is immediately closed). When using target="_blank" add rel="noopener noreferrer" particularly when linking externally (although this should be reserved for linking to internal resources when possible). See this blog post for an explanation. Note: This does not apply to WebAuth links.

For links that are intended to navigate the users browser away from the current page (e.g. the links to Memento/GeoBlacklight/etc.) then target="_parent" should be used to give the link the default browser behavior. More about link targets.

Console Example

$ viewer = Embed.registered_viewers.first
=> Embed::DemoViewer
$ request ={url: ''})
=> #<Embed::Request>
=> # your viewer instance

Customizing the Embed Panel

Viewers can customize the embed panel. To do this, create a template in app/views/embed/embed-this, to provide the HTML for the embed panel.

See File viewers for an example.

Adding a Download Panel

Viewers can add their own download panel. To do this, create a template in app/views/embed/download, to provide the HTML for the download panel.

In order to enable the download panel you need to provide a method in your viewer class. This method lets the footer logic know that the viewer will provide a download panel and it should render the Download button.

def show_download?