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New Features

This page introduces the new functionalities in and changes to WebDewey Deutsch which have been added since the introduction of the application (2012). Based on the American WebDewey by OCLC, the classification application is today also used in other countries (such as Italy, Norway, Sweden) and in other languages, and is adapted to the local work processes. Thus there may be features which are specifically designed for the use case of a particular country, but also extensions that all WebDewey user countries can benefit from.

  • Computer-aided number building by using the number building tool

(April 2019) Users of WebDewey Deutsch get automated support in the creation of built numbers. The number building tool offers step-by-step guidance through the process of number building by automatically evaluating the DDC rules. If the created built number is to be stored in the system (as a personal or institutional built number), the tool also makes suggestions for the class heading (caption) and Relative Index terms.

  • Improved representation of hierarchies and sub-classes

(December 2017) The hierarchy representation in the hierarchy box now has a clearer structure, above all through improved indentation of the sub-classes. Browsing is also supported by a preview function: an arrow after the notation indicates that subordinate classes are available. These can even be displayed using a QuickInfo function (pausing the mouse over the arrow). This allows users to decide whether it is worth clicking on the sub-classes or not.

  • Visible and searchable user information

(December 2017) User information is now visible in the institutional and personal built numbers and comments. The creator, the last processor and the corresponding date are displayed; the creator and the last processor are also searchable.

  • New index for comments in Advanced Search

(November 2017) Previously, comments searches were only possible within the comments section; now there is a comments index in the Advanced Search.

  • PDF generation of selectable parts

(December 2017) A completely new function is the generation of PDFs from selectable parts of the DDC. There is now a new PRINT menu item for this purpose: up to 400 consecutive notations or Relative Index terms can be generated in the proven DDC print format and then saved as a PDF and/or printed - and always using the latest version of WebDewey Deutsch. Therefore, anyone interested in taking a closer look at a section of the DDC or wanting to obtain an overview of an updated section can now "read up and down" in the hierarchy as in the print output, without having to click through each sub-class.

  • Drag-and-drop icon for moving boxes

(December 2017) A drag-and-drop icon in the top right corner of the boxes enables the boxes to be moved. The text of the headline can now be marked and copied. Previously, boxes could accidentally be shifted while trying to mark the Dewey number and/or class heading from the header line.

  • Change to HTTPS protocol

(November 2017) WebDewey Deutsch has been migrated to HTTPS protocol. The current URL automatically redirects to

  • DDC updates and update notification in WebDewey Deutsch

(June 2016) Since the end of June 2016 there has been an additional area in the GUI which allows users to search for DDC updates and also provides a personalised notification function for new updates in WebDewey Deutsch.

  • Functional scope

    • Notation field subscription: Users can store notation fields and other standard search criteria in the personal settings (accessible via Settings in the link bar, top right).
    • DDC update notification: Once a user has logged in, the system automatically searches for newly added updates; the number of these is shown in brackets behind the UPDATES button.
    • Detailed search criteria: There are various other narrowing options in addition to exact date and notation searches (from/to), e.g. particular class type (table numbers, schedule numbers, add table numbers, manual numbers), alteration types (new, deleted, changed), alteration places (captions, notes, Relative Index terms, etc.) or notation types (standard edition numbers, built numbers, etc.).
    • Presentation of search results in short and detailed views: The short view provides a quick overview of the search results, the detailed view provides a before-and-after view of all changes in the class (including Relative Index changes).
    • Sorting options of the search results by notation and date (descending/ascending)
    • Project numbers: Bundled display of DDC numbers in cases where there is a thematically related update in several classes, such as an update in table 1, which has implications for classes in various subject areas in the schedules.

Last update: 11.04.2018

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