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Exhibits Documentation A guide to building exhibits using Spotlight


The General Settings page is divided into several tabs.

Basic settings tab

The Basic settings tab enables you to describe the most fundamental aspects of your exhibit:

Title: Every exhibit must have a title. The title is displayed as a large heading in the exhibit site masthead.

Subtitle: The subtitle is displayed directly beneath the exhibit title. The subtitle is optional to include but is recommended because it provides additional context for the exhibit and also results in an increase in the size of the masthead image, which tends to look nicer.

Description: A short description of the exhibit is required. The description is not displayed within the exhibit itself but is used for the back of the exhibit card on the larger institutional Spotlight homepage (example: UC Santa Barbara Library Exhibitions Spotlight).

Tag list: These tags are not displayed within the exhibit itself but are used to create top-level browse categories on the larger institutional Spotlight homepage. Individual exhibit admins should follow local guidelines for which values should be added to this field.

Contact emails: Each exhibit is required to have at least one contact. Clicking on the Feedback link at the top of each of your exhibit pages brings up a form by which users can ask questions or send feedback about the exhibit. Each contact email that you add to the list on this page will be sent a one-time confirmation email; after confirmation, each contact will receive a copy of any feedback sent by an exhibit user via the Feedback form. To add additional contacts, click the Add new contact button and enter the additional email in the new box. Repeat as needed.

Published?: An exhibit is not accessible to visitors until it is published. Exhibit administrators and curators, however, can view and edit an unpublished exhibit. A common scenario, therefore, is for an exhibit administrator to leave the Published checkbox unchecked until the exhibit has been configured and built out to a state where it is ready to be viewed by the public.

Languages tab

The Languages tab is used to make your exhibit multilingual. When you make your exhibit multilingual, exhibit visitors can use a locale menu in the top bar of the exhibit website to select an alternative language with which to view your exhibit. There are two steps to making your exhibit multilingual: first, choosing a language to add to your exhibit, and second, providing translations of your exhibit UI labels and content in that language.

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Translations menu item shown at the bottom of the Curation menu

To add an available language to your exhibit, select the language from the Language menu and then select Add language. The selected language is added to the list of languages in the Current Languages section of the page. By default, added languages are not available to exhibit visitors. They are, however, available for translations to be provided by exhibit administrators and curators on the Curation > Translations page (see the Providing Translations page for information about how to translate your exhibit content into one or more selected languages). Note that that the Translations menu item only appears in the Curation menu once you add a second language to your exhibit. When an exhibit administrator decides the exhibit has been sufficiently translated to a given language, the administrator can select the Public checkbox for that language. The language is then available in the locale menu so visitors of the exhibit can view the exhibit in that language.

For more information about general strategy and considerations for making your exhibit multilingual, see the Multilingual Exhibits page.

Import data tab

The Import data tab enables you to import an exhibit JSON file exported from this application to use that data file to define this exhibit. (Note: This feature is not currently functional for Project Surfliner Starlight sites.)

Export data tab

The Export data tab enables you to save your current exhibit data, including the administration and curation settings, browse category definitions, and curated page content, to a JSON file. This human-readable file could be used as a backup or snapshot of the exhibit data. (Note: This feature is not currently functional for Project Surfliner Starlight sites.)

Delete exhibit tab

The Delete this exhibit action in this tab removes the entire exhibit. Before deleting an exhibit, be sure to export the exhibit data if there is any chance you might need the exhibit data in the future.