Yeah, we need some actual documentation on Zotero's use of unAPI in general. Maybe if I can figure it out (perhaps by asking the developer(s)) I'll write some for them.

Robert Forkel wrote:
well, looks like a combination:
in case of mods it checks for the namespace URL, in case of rdf, it
looks for a format name of rdf_dc, ...
and yes, endnote export would have to have a name of "endnote" (i ran
into this problem as well with names like endnote-utf-8, ...). i think
unapi would be more usable if there were at least a recommendation of
common format names.

On Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 4:07 PM, Jonathan Rochkind <> wrote:
Wait, does it actually recognize the format by the format _name_ used, and
not by a mime content-type?  Like unless my unAPI server calls the endnote
format "endnote", it won't recognize it?  That would be odd, and good to
know. I thought the unAPI format names were purely arbitrary, but recognized
by their association with a mime content-type like "application/x-
/endnote/-refer".   But no, at least as far as Zotero is concerned, you have
to pick format shortnames that match what Zotero expects?

Robert Forkel wrote:
from looking at line 14 here
i'd say:
ad 1. RECOGNIZABLE_FORMATS = ["mods", "marc", "endnote", "ris",
"bibtex", "rdf"] also see function checkFormats
ad 2. the order listed above
ad 4.: from my experience the unapi scraper takes precedence over coins

On Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 3:48 PM, Jonathan Rochkind <>

Anyone know if there's any developer documentation for Zotero on it's use
unAPI?  Alternately, anyone know where I can find the answers to these
questions, or know the answers to these questions themselves?

1. What formats will Zotero use via unAPI. What mime content-types does
use to recognize those formats (sometimes a format has several in use, or
official content-type).

2. What is Zotero's order of preference when multiple formats via unAPI

3. Will Zotero get confused if different documents on the page have
different formats available?  This can be described with unAPI, but it
atypical, so not sure if it will confuse Zotero.

4. If both unAPI and COinS are on a given page -- will Zotero use both
(resulting in possible double-import for citations exposed both ways). Or
only one? Or depends on how you set up the HTML?

5. Somewhere that now I can't find I saw a mention of a "Zotero RDF"
that Zotero would consume via unAPI. Is there any documentation of this
format/vocabulary, how can I find out how to write it?

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