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[EP-tech] Re: Antwort: Re: EPrints and mobile?

This is a very useful discussion. It would be great to have EPrints integrate easily with a mobile framework, and my vote goes to Bootstrap as well.

I think it makes sense to include a default mobile friendly UI framework as a part of EPrints.

Alternatively, if we are moving towards a complete separation of EPrints core from the UI, then the EPrints core should make it easy to add a display/mobile framework to it.


We could really use documentation on developing mobile-friendly interfaces with EPrints in the Wiki as well, but I see that it was already added here: https://wiki.eprints.org/w/EPrints4_Roadmap#UI_elements so that’s a good start J


At Concordia, when we upgraded last summer to EPrints 3.3.12, since we were using Bootstrap 3.2 on the library site, I decided to integrate it with our repository as well.

The part that was a bit of a hack is that we added these onLoad events to get the EPrints forms/tables to behave:





We also had to modify the default.xml template to include

·         Viewport meta tag

·         Include default Bootstrap CSS

·         Include custom university branding CSS that builds on Bootstrap

·         Call default Bootstrap JS


The result passes Google  Mobile usability test and is much more user friendly on a mobile device.


Best wishes,





Tomasz Neugebauer
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From: eprints-tech-bounces@ecs.soton.ac.uk [mailto:eprints-tech-bounces@ecs.soton.ac.uk] On Behalf Of jens.vieler@id.uzh.ch
Sent: January-18-16 3:21 AM
To: eprints-tech@ecs.soton.ac.uk
Subject: [EP-tech] Antwort: Re: EPrints and mobile?


Dear Nick, Andrew, List,

it's true: All in all it's a shame, what eprint is offering at this point - just thinking about mobile usage, Google ranking, old-school web1.0 design...

We're also working on a mobile version of eprints 3.3.13. After looking around, we finaly decided to use David McElroy's "Bootstrap for Eprints" and mix it up with some nice solutions from https://github.com/UEL-LLS/eprints-UEL-Docklands and some new selfcoded features. For some other reasons we'll 'go live' in March.

I personaly think, EPrints Bootstrap theme is a good way, that it's worth to go. But in the end it should be a default core-function to manage things like that.


Jens Vieler
Universität Zürich
Stampfenbachstrasse 73
CH-8006 Zürich

mail:  jens.vieler@id.uzh.ch
phone: +41 44 63 56777

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Von: Andrew Hercules <Andrew.Hercules@ulcc.ac.uk>
An: "eprints-tech@ecs.soton.ac.uk" <eprints-tech@ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Datum: 14.01.2016 15:50
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Hi Nick,

Unfortunately, an "out-of-the-box" EPrints instance is not optimised for mobile. The UI is not responsive and in order to make EPrints mobile-friendly, you need to use a responsive framework like Bootstrap, Foundation, or Skeleton.  There is an EPrints Boostrap theme available, which you can download here - conversely, you can also enable it via the EPrints bazaar.

Having worked with the Bootstrap theme before, you will likely want to customise it further as many of the elements have the traditional Bootstrap look and may not be in line with your institution's branding. Also, because some of the changes made by the theme rely on _javascript_ manipulating HTML elements and CSS, there is a risk that it could cause a mobile browser to slow down.

I hope this helps - feel free to get in touch if you have any other questions.




Andrew Hercules
Developer & UX Strategist
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From: eprints-tech-bounces@ecs.soton.ac.uk <eprints-tech-bounces@ecs.soton.ac.uk> on behalf of Sheppard, Nick <N.E.Sheppard@leedsbeckett.ac.uk>
 14 January 2016 13:01
 [EP-tech] EPrints and mobile?
I’m sure it is, but I’ve been asked to comment on whether EPrints is optimised for mobile. Is anyone able to comment?


Nick Sheppard, Research Services Advisor

Libraries & Learning Innovation

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