The Aggregator is a service to export and convert TextGrid documents. It is able to recursively process collections, editions, and other TextGrid aggregations (hence the name).

API overview

Currently, all available methods are simple HTTP GET requests that follow the pattern format/uris?options, where format is the output format (all available formats are given below), uris is the TextGrid URI or a list of TextGrid URIs, separated by commas.

Any of the given URIs that refer to an aggregations of any kind will be followed, i.e., if you want an HTML that contains Goethe’s West-östlicher Divan as a whole, use <http://textgridrep.de/services/aggregator/epub/textgrid:11fb8.0>.

Return codes

On a successful operation, you can expect an 200 OK result that directly delivers the content. You will typically not get a Content-Length header since we try to start streaming you the result while still building it.

Following errors can typically be expected:

  • 404 if one of the given resources has not been found
  • 400 on broken metadata or if you try to export an object with a method that does not support this kind of object (e.g., call html with an image)
  • 403 for any kind of permission problems. If you get this, you’ll typically want to pass a ?sid= parameter with a session ID for a user that has access. We do not support HTTP Authentication.
  • 500 for processing errors. These will often be parser or stylesheet errors, e.g., if you call a transformation on a non-supported or non-wellformed XML document, see the error page for details.

All errors come with an HTML formatted error page that contains more details on the error that actually occured.

Up-to-date help

At <https://textgridlab.org/1.0/aggregator/help> you can find a short up-to-date API overview that is generated from the code that is actually deployed, refer to this to see which options are actually available on the deployed version. You can also have a look at the WADL (from which the help is generated) at <https://textgridlab.org/1.0/aggregator?_wadl>.

XSLT Stylesheets

Starting with version 1.4.6, the aggregator also exposes the XSLT stylesheets that are used internally. You can use these using an external XSLT processor – e.g., using the TextGridLab XML editor’s Preview Page.

Here are probably the most interesting endpoints:

  • stylesheets/preview.xsl creates a simulated view of the display on TextGridRep, like the ?simulate=true option to the HTML converter.
  • stylesheets/tohtml.xsl creates the HTML representation as generated by the HTML exporter.

All stylesheets require an XSLT 2.0 processor, and of course they don’t run down aggregation trees but expect a TEI document as input.