How can I identify a time period slug?

This article is useful when checking settings for Learning Management System integrations when testing or amending time period regex or custom parameters. 

What is a SLUG?

A SLUG is used to make a name that is not acceptable for various reasons - e.g. containing special characters, too long, mixed-case appropriate for the target usage. So in the context of time periods in Talis Aspire Reading Lists (TARL) here is a typical example:

Display name = Academic Year 2016/17

SLUG = 2016-17 

How can I identify a particular time period SLUG that being used in my reading lists?

To identify the time period SLUG associated with the time periods in your reading lists, complete the following:

  1. Access a list attached to that time period, go onto your list URL, for example: https://broadminster.rl.talis.com/lists/D8A3E02F-58BC-CFB0-778A-8ED9F27D7E6A.html 
  2. Change the .html at the end of the URL to .json, for example:
    https://broadminster.rl.talis.com/lists/D8A3E02F-58BC-CFB0-778A-8ED9F27D7E6A.json
  3. Locate in the detail the link relating to the time period, in this case:
    http://demo.talisaspire.com/config/timePeriod556870d3455a1 
  4. Click to follow this link to display the format of time period slug;
    Slug
    2015-16 

If you wish to amend a time period, or change what we have as the time period SLUG, within your tenancy please raise a support ticket.

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