Search Help

There are two search pages; WebSearch offers basic search features, while WebSearchAdvanced offers more control over searches.

Entering a search

By default searches are keyword based like in a typical search engine:
  • Specify word(s) you want to find
  • Multiple words form an AND search, intranet web service returns all pages that have the three words anywhere in the page
  • Optionally specify plus signs for AND search, like intranet +web +service
  • Enclose words in double quotes to form a literal search, like "web service"
  • Specify a minus sign to exclude a word, like soap -shampoo
  • Use double quotes if you want to search for a leading minus sign, like "-nowarn"
  • Stop words are excluded from a keyword search:
    • Stop words are common words and characters such as "how" and "where", defined by the SEARCHSTOPWORDS preference setting
    • If you want to search for a word in the stop word list, prefix the word with a plus sign
  • Example: To search for all topics that contain "SOAP", "WSDL", a literal "web service", but not "shampoo",
    enter this: soap +wsdl "web service" -shampoo

Query search

Query searches help you search the contents of forms attached to your topics, as well as the values of other meta-data attached to the topic. Read on in QuerySearch.

Regular expression search

Regular expression search searches for a set of regular expression patterns:
  • Patterns are separated by semicolons
  • An AND search is performed for the list of patterns
  • An exclamation point preceeding a pattern indicates an AND NOT search; use it to exclude a pattern, like !web service
  • If you want to search for a semicolon or an exclamation point, escape them with a leading backslash, like \!shampoo
  • Example: To search for all topics that contain "SOAP", "WSDL", a literal "web service", but not "shampoo",
    enter this: soap;wsdl;web service;!shampoo

Formatted Searches

You can embed a nicely formatted search in a topic by using the %SEARCH{}% macro described in VarSEARCH.

Search Preferences

The default search preferences are:

  • SEARCHDEFAULTTTYPE: Default search type for search forms which calls the search script
    • Currently keyword
  • SEARCHVARDEFAULTTYPE: Default search type for %SEARCH{} macro
    • Currenty literal
  • SEARCHSTOPWORDS: List of stop words (common words and characters to exclude from a keyword search)
    • Currently a, all, am, an, and, any, as, at, b, be, by, c, d, e, for, from, g, h, how, i, i'm, i.e., in, is, isn't, it, it's, its, j, k, l, m, n, o, of, on, or, p, q, r, s, t, that, that's, the, this, to, u, v, w, was, wasn't, what, what's, when, where, who, who's, will, with, x, y, z


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Topic revision: r1 - 09 Jan 2009 - 12:00:00 - ProjectContributor

 
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