February 2012

RDA Toolkit Release - February 14, 2012

A new release was pushed to the live site of RDA Toolkit on February 14, 2012. When there is a new release for RDA Toolkit, it is made on the second Tuesday of the month. Releases typically contain updates to content and metadata, enhancements to RDA Toolkit functionality, and fixes to existing bugs. You can subscribe to our RSS news feed to get notification of releases.

The details of the February release follow.

RDA-57 Add More Robust Functionality to Workflow Editor

Use Case

Users has requested added functions and improved performance for the workflow editor, including adding line numbering and improving importing of data so that the format is retained.

RDA-56 Adopt an International Style to the Expression of Dates

Use Case

It has been brought to our attention that the date format (mm/dd/yyyy) we use on documents is used almost exclusively in the U.S. and is not immediately intelligible to RDA Toolkit's international audience.

RDA-55 Add Revision History Function for RDA Instructions

Use Case

It is important for users to know if, when, and how an instruction has changed. There should be a revision history function that allows users to access the information regarding how an instruction has changed and when it was changed.

RDA-45 Add a Configurable Thesaurus/Index to Search

Use Case

Users need search to return hits for similar concepts including variants forms of words, alternate spellings, plurals, abbreviations, acronyms, etc. ALA will track and maintain these similar concepts in an RDA Toolkit search thesaurus/index.

RDA-34 Add Index Subheads

Use Case

Users would like an alphabet menu to navigate the index.

RDA-3 Return to Search Results Missing for ERDs

Use Case

When a user clicks through to an ERD from a search results page, there is no “return to results” option on the ERD page display.

RDA-36 Mouseover Definitions for Glossary Words

Use Case

Some users would like to see the definition of a glossary term without having to click through to the glossary.

RDA-18 Allow Users to Set Default Display of Examples

Use Case

Users have a range of preferences regarding the display of RDA instruction examples. Some may prefer that the examples are always displayed (the default), while others may prefer that the examples always be hidden. Some might prefer a truncated view of the examples.

Proposed Development

RDA-8 Allow Institutions to Set User Profile Defaults

Use Case

Institutions would like to create and maintain their own set of default preferences that apply to profiles created under their account.

RDA-7 Allow User to Set Display Font Size

Use Case

Users would like the option to change the font size in the RDA Toolkit display.

RDA-38 Change Share Mode Labels

Use Case

The current terminology associated the Share Mode in the workflow and mapping editor are somewhat ambiguous.