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For Wikipedia's use of COinS, see COinS in Wikipedia

Latent vs static URL[edit]

Is the terminology "latent URL" as opposed to "static URL", or am I misunderstanding? — Omegatron 05:04, 5 December 2006 (UTC)

A latent URL is an "unactivated" OpenURL--one with no resolver. It shouldn't be used instead of static in that context, as I was trying to use "static URL" to refer to an OpenURL that has been bound to one particular resolver--an "activated" OpenURL. I don't know if there is better terminology for this.... --Karnesky 05:45, 5 December 2006 (UTC)
I meant "is COinS a latent URL, as opposed to a static URL?" — Omegatron 00:58, 6 December 2006 (UTC)
Yes. Originally, that was basically the only purpose--to provide a standardized latent OpenURL (and some earlier proposals involved less client-side processing to "activate" the URLs (not enclosed in spans, no need to split/separate/process tags--literally just the OpenURL CO without the URL to the resolver). With the processing & with other applications for COinS metadata (such as reference management), I don't know how much this should be stressed. It might be worth a mention. --Karnesky 01:10, 6 December 2006 (UTC)
It should certainly be explained. History, rationale, etc. — Omegatron 01:31, 6 December 2006 (UTC)


We should mention the problems brought up by this post, though we need to put more neutral and "advantages" content first. — Omegatron 00:53, 6 December 2006 (UTC)

ContextObjects are a part of openurl[edit]

"The Context Object (“CO” in COinS) is the technical name for the part of an OpenURL that describes the item somebody wants to find." — Omegatron 05:40, 7 December 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedia does not use COinS anymore[edit]

Wikipedia seems to have removed COinS support, as of November 2012. See -- (talk) 11:00, 19 November 2012 (UTC)

This change is most likely temporary. Further, Wikipedia uses COinS on 'Cite this page', book sources, and other cases, e.g. [1] or Special:BookSources/978-1-880124-61-1. --Karnesky (talk) 13:12, 19 November 2012 (UTC)`

Example needed[edit]

Some sample HTML demonstrating COinS would be very helpful. -- Beland (talk) 16:26, 5 January 2015 (UTC)