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There are several areas of interest for programmers and web developers.

Citations Styles

Styles define the appearance of bibliographies and footnotes. A small selection of the most common styles is installed with Zotero, but there is a much larger repository of downloadable styles developed by the Zotero community.

Many citation styles are minor tweaks of existing publication style guides for particular publications or contexts, and creating new styles in this way is relatively simple.

Citation Styles

Step-by-step Guide [zotero]

Why you should be excited there are 6000+ CSL styles

Zoterifying a Website or Search Engine

There are in fact two different ways to go about this: writing a translator (a small Javascript script that will be stored in Zotero files) or embedding metadata in webpages’ HTML. Zotero recommends doing the latter if you can; translators work in a fairly crude way by scraping data off webpages, which can be liable to break if the structure of the webpage changes.

Translators can also be written for other functions, however, including exporting data in specific formats.

Translators [zotero]

Translators repository on github

Exposing your website metadata [zotero]

The Zotero API

API [zotero] (read/write API).

Intro to the Zotero API [programming historian] (python-based tutorial)

The most obvious implementation of the API is the Libraries at the Zotero website itself.

It’s also being used in interesting ways by a number of projects.

Developing Zotero Plugins

Client Coding [zotero]

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