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Available global level parameters

Configuring blocks is about providing global level parameters. The parameters entrystore, namespaces, labelProperties, bundles, entitytypes and type2template will be detected when expressed on any top-level block (not when used within handlebar templates). The rest of the global level parameters have to be expressed in a config block or in the __entryscape_config expression like this:

  window.__entryscape_config = {
      some_parameter: "some value"

For more options on how global level parameters can be expressed see the pages on parameters and syntax.


The entrystore parameter tells which instance to connect to, exemplified above.

entrystore: ""


Forces all blocks to render in a specific language, values should be a two letter ISO 639-1 language code like en.


Provides a way to extract the parameters from the current URL by providing a set of routes. For example:

routes: [
    regex: /^https:\/\/\/resource\/(\d+)_(\d+)$/,
    entry: 2,
    context: 1
    regex: /^https:\/\/\/tora\/(\w+)$/,
    entry: 1,
    context: "61"
    regex: /^https:\/\/\/id\/(\w+)$/,
    lookup: 1,
    lookupLiteral: 'dcterms:identifier'
    regex: /\/sv\/.*?.*uri=(.+)/,
    uri: 1,
    page_language: 'sv'
    regex: /\/sv\/.*?.*uri=(.+)/,
    uri: 1,
    page_language: 'en'

In this example the first routes matches URLs containing both the entry id and context id separated via an underscore, note how the entry and context values are integers referring to the order of the regular expression capturing groups. The second route matches another set of URLs with a single entry id in it and providing a fixed context, this is done by providing a string for the context parameter in the route. In the third route the entry is detected via a lookup procedure using dcterms:identifier. The two last route matches a query string for the uri parameter as well as provides an override for the page language. The uri parameter is used to look up entries by their resource URI.

You can read a bit more about the various parameters in the routes in the how to specify an entry section.


Restricts all blocks (unless overridden) to make all requests in the entrystore instance within the specified context. An individual context may be given or an array of multiple contexts. A context is indicated via its context id, in most cases this is a number provided as a string.

context: "3"

Note: if you do not want to restrict all blocks to this/these contexts you have to provide it per context instead, most blocks that work with entries accept this parameter.


A specific entry can be indicated on the global level, however, in most situations this only makes sense as a fallback for testing. If so, the entry is indicated by providing the entry parameter in conjunction with the context parameter (the latter has a wider use as described above). Alternatively it is possible to provide the uri or the lookup parameter potentially in conjuction with parameters context, lookupURI or lookupLiteral, read more about how to use these parameters in the sections entry from parameters.


This is an object that provides a mapping from the abbreviation to the full namespace. The mapping will be registered centrally and make it possible to express other parameters less verbose (both global and block level). For example:

"namespaces": {
    "ex": ""

Observe that a bunch of common namespaces are already registered like: rdf, rdfs, dc, dcterms, foaf, skos, dcat, xsd, ical, vcard, owl, wot, org, vs, gn, schema. You can look them up using


To render an entry (or any resource in a RDF graph) there must be a way to construct a suitable label. For instance, for the text block this can be achieved by specifying the parameter property. Another possibility is to rely on the labelProperties fallback which provides a list of properties that are checked in order to construct a suitable label. The default labelProperties looks like:

      ["foaf:firstName", "foaf:lastName"],
      ["foaf:givenName", "foaf:familyName"],


In addition to the RDForms template bundles provided by default in blocks (includes support for dcat, dcterms, foaf) you can indicate additional template bundles to be loaded like this:

"bundles": [


For more advanced search there is a need for facets and filters to work, this is achieved by defining collections. The collection parameter is quite advanced with many options and demands its own section.

facetLimit facetMissing and facetMinCount

Options that are applied to all facetFields in the query.

facetLimit - The maximum amount of facet results to be report on. Default is 100, values up to 1000 is allowed.

facetMissing - If matches with no match against a facet should be reported as well.

facetMinCount - The minimum amount of facet results to be included in the response. Default is 1.


This is a global level parameter that is used for the link and multiSearch blocks to make it possible to make blocks extensions reusable for different organizations. See more documentation on the link block. Lets look at how two example clicks configurations affect the links from the following simple link block:

<div data-entryscape="link" data-entryscape-namedclick="art"></div>

Example with fragment identifiers to static html file

clicks: {
  artist: '/artist.html',
  art: '/art.html

the links will be expressed as:

Example with parameters to routed sited

clicks: {
  artist: '/artist/${context}/${entry}',
  art: '/art/${context}/${entry}

the links will be expressed as:

Note: the parametrized clicks should in most cases be used in conjunction with a route expression to allow detecting the correct entry on the target webpage (assuming it is also driven by blocks):

routes: [
    regex: /art\/(\w+)\/(\w+)$/,
    context: 1,
    entry: 2,


The linkBehaviour setting controls how rdforms view blocks will treat related entries. If linkBehaviour is explicitly set to "link" all metadata renderings will use links when encountering a related entity. If not set, a dialog will be utilized and an appropriate RDForms template will attempt to be detected via the type2template mapping below. If linkBehaviour is set to "dialogWithResourceLink" the resource link is added to the dialog. The default is to use a dialog without a resource link.


When using rdforms templates to show metadata it is sometimes neccessary to detect which template to use for an entity (RDF resource in an RDF graph). For this purpose it is possible to provide a mapping between type of the entity and which RDForms template to use:

"type2template": {
    "foaf:Agent": "idOfTemplateForAgent"


In some situations you need more complicated ways of matching entities to templates, e.g. when a simple type is not unique enough. In the following example both countries and continents are represented as gn:FeatureCode, but we can make the distinction based on the gn:featureCode property instead. For the country we need to capture a range of different featureCodes since they all correspond to countries in different legal states, this is done by providing an array for the property, it is interpreted as a disjunction (or:ed together) when searching. Since the simple map form cannot be used we use the entitytypes attribute instead like this:

"entitytypes" : {
  "country": {
    constraints: {
      "rdf:type": "gn:Feature",
      "gn:featureCode": [
         "gn:A.PCLD", "gn:A.PCLI","gn:A.PCLIX", "gn:A.PCLH", 
         "gn:A.TERR", "gn:A.PCLS", "gn:A.PCLF", "gn:A.PCL"]
    template: "countryTemplateId",
  "continent": {
    constraints: {
      "rdf:type": "gn:Feature",
      "gn:featureCode": ["gn:L.CONT"]
    template: "continentTemplateId",

Indicate that a value is a uri by surrounding it with < and >. Placing a ~ before the key will negate "~key": "value" => NOT key:value.


The blocks global level parameter is a way of introducing new blocks, in most cases by extending another, for instance the following defines a new block called name.

blocks: [
     block: 'name',
     extends: 'text',
     content: '${foaf:givenName} ${foaf:familyName}'

See more in the custom blocks section for how to define new blocks.


By default the minimum search length in the Solr index of EntryStore is three, however, there are ways to bypass this limitation by using more verbose and more expensive queries (e.g. by using wildcards). Hence, switching to a shorter minimum search length should not be done without careful considerations of the performance impact.


By default the searchList uses the title field in the EntryStore solr index when a search term is typed in to the simple search. This can be changed by the global level query paramer, here is an example of how it can look like:

query: {
  'metadata.predicate.literal_t.893797ba': 'term', // foaf:name
  'metadata.predicate.literal_t.3f2ae919': 'term',  // dcterms:title

This means we will only search for foaf:name and dcterms:title. So, if we are searching for "train" the query will be expanded to:


See the EntryStore solr index documentation on how the hashed solr fields are constructed. As a side note, here is how you can get the 8 character string for a specific property using bash:

> echo -n | md5sum | cut -c1-8

Since we are using the literal_t in the search term we will match whole words but we will not get a match against a title (or foaf:name) "trainwreck". To achieve this we have to either remove the _t or instruct the query builder to append a wildcard. This is achieved by changing the term to a term+ in the query above. Now, by searching for "trai*" will work and match both "train" and "trainwreck".

Now, it could be argued that it would be better to remove rely on the text_ngram option, i.e. to remove the _t from the literal_t expressions in the query above. In most cases this works just fine, however for longer or shorter queries this may not work as the default ngram length in EntryStore is 3 characters. So the approach above is useful when setting the global level parameter minimumSearchLength to 1 or 2.

The expressions above also allow for boosting certain search fields by appending an integer like this:

query: {
  'metadata.predicate.literal_t.893797ba': 'term,10', // foaf:name
  'metadata.predicate.literal_t.3f2ae919': 'term,5',  // dcterms:title

Boosting is relevant when relying on the score based sorting (relevancy).

It is also possible to include and exclude fields based on matching the search term with a regular expression. For these moore advanced querys we use another declaration e.g.

query: {
    'metadata.predicate.literal_t.3f2ae919': { // dcterms:title
        type: 'term+',
        boost: 10,
    'metadata.predicate.literal_t.a6424133': { // dcat:keyword
        type: 'term+',
        excludes: '^\\d+$',
        boost: 5,
    'metadata.predicate.literal_t.c86e1300': { // dcterms:issued
        type: 'term',
        includes: '^\\d+$',

This will give a query for dcterms:title or dcat:keyword matching with wildcard at the end unless the term is only digits. In that case the query will be for dcterms:title and dcterms:issued. It is unlikely that you would use issued in this way but sometimes there is an id number that you would like to look for if the search term matches a regular expression.

Restricting the query like this is usefully when you want to avoid getting irrelevant results and when the query would get too long if all fields are included.

When searching for literal_s the search term must match exactly. So searching Svensson or bo svensson will not render results for Bo Svensson. In the rare case that exakt matching with wildcard is required use metadata.predicate.literal_s with wildcards e.g. to match surname Svensson but not svensson.

query: {
    'metadata.predicate.literal_s.893797ba': { // fof:name
        type: '+term',


The user may want to control the number of returned results, this is achieved via the limit block. However, the options are defined on the global level like this:

limitOptions: [10, 20, 30],

Max limit is 100. The first number will be default for all list-blocks. To override set property limit on list.


The user may want to control the sort order, this is achieved via the sort block. However, the options are defined on the global level like this:

sortOptions: [
    label: 'Relevancy',
    value: 'score+desc,modified+desc',
    label: 'Latest',
    value: 'modified+desc',
    label: 'Alfabetical',
    value: '',


In some situations you have values that are URIs without there being a suitable label expressed in the metadata graph at hand. In these cases it is possible to provide a lookup table that provides names for URIs. For instance:

named: {
  '': {
     en: 'Public Domain Mark 1.0'

This lookup table is respected in multiple blocks like text, prop and facets. Se documentation on each block for more information.


In many scenarios blocks will be included on webpages which have another domain than the EntryStore API. The browser will then make cross domain requests which in modern browsers requires CORS to be enabled. This is enabled per default on your EntryStore API endpoint. If, for some reason, there is a need to use jsonp the global level parameter can be set to true


By default, credentials are not sent along with requests. Sending along credentials with cross domain requests is not accepted by the endpoint and will result in an error. Sometimes the blocks site is on the same domain as the endpoint or credentials are allowed. To activate sending credentials set credentials to true


By default, the response from the endpoint is not cached. To optimize load-time, allow client and endpoint to cache requests by setting requestCache to true. The cache will persist for one hour and during that time changes done in the backend will not be visible in the lists.

urlQueryParameters + urlParamsPrefix

By default, lists using click property will create an url made up of the path, given by the click value + #-anchor. This type of links are normally not indexed by search engine crawlers because they are not considered to be unique links. To make the landingpages "crawlable" by search engine robots set the global parameter urlQueryParameters to true. This setting will generate links ending with ?esc_entry=0&esc_context=0.

The prefix esc can be changed by setting urlParamsPrefix to some other string.

Also consider setting the local list parameter pageInUrl to true to make all pages of a list available to the crawlers.


This global level parameter is used to complement the search in the list and searchList blocks. The parameter may either be a function being passed the solrQuery object from EntryStore.js to make custom tweaks or an object being passed to the or method of the same instance.


The base filter global level parameter allows for one or several values from collections to be preselected without being visible in the URL as parameters. The preselected values will be shown as selected facets, as selected values in searchFilter blocks, as values in a multiSearch block and will affect checked/unchecked state of the checkboxFilter. If a value is deselected it will appear in a negative manner in the URL.

baseFilter: {
    nameOfCollection: 'value'


By default, all solr queries sent to the EntrysStore API endpoint include the public:true setting. This means that any ACL checks are avoided even if the user happens to be authenticated to the EntryStore API. This behaviour is enforced by default to not fool developers thinking that the public read-only user interface somehow now shows protected information just because they happen to be signed-in in another tab. The only case when it makes sense to set`forcePublicRequest to false is if you want to build a user interface for signed-in users of EntryScape.


By default, the base map used for all maps in blocks is OSM (Open Street Map). This can be overridden by adding the baseMap parameter object. The base map can be of type wms or xyz. For example:

baseMap: {
    type: 'wms',
    title: 'Simple base map',
    attributions: 'Attribution text</br>',
    name: 'layer-name',
    base: true,
    url: '{WMS-url}',


Global parameters that are available in all blocks templates. Can be string, number or boolean. If dynamic is set to true a change will trigger rerendering of blocks that have that parameter set in subscribe. For now only boolean parameters can be changed.

Name Type Default Description
type string boolean Type of value
key string stateParameter A key to use in url instead of parameter name
value string, number, boolean Parameter value
dynamic boolean false Should it be possible to change (only possible for boolean values)
persistent string 'none' For dynamic state parameters the current value can be reflected in the url or not. Values are 'none' or 'url'
key string stateParameter A key to use in url instead of parameter name
state: {
    includeHeader: {
      type: 'boolean',
      key: 'incHead',
      value: true,
      dynamic: true,
      persistent: 'url',
    heart: {
        type: 'string',
        value: '❤️',

The state parameters are used by writing state.stateParameter in the template. Example ande moore information can be found in the section Using global level state parameters.


Blocks comes with two distinct solutions for presenting errors. The modal dialog and the error block. By default the modal dialog is activated. To supress the modal dialog and let an error block handle the errors instead you have to set the errorBlock global level parameter to true. (Unfortunately, automatically detecting the presence of an error block cannot be done in time to handle potential errors from other blocks, hence it has to be signalled explicitly on the global level.)