Difference: SearchHelp (r2 vs. r1)

r2 - 01 Feb 2006 - 12:01 - TWikiContributor r1 - 18 Jan 2004 - 10:04 - PeterThoeny

Search Help

Search Help

  
  

Search Pages

Basic Search Form

  

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

The WebSearchform offers basic search features:

  

By default searches are keyword based like in a typical search engine:

  • Search field: Enter one or more keywords
  • All webs flag: Check the flag if you want to search all public webs, not just the current web
  • Scope: Select if you want to search the topic title, text body or both
  

The search is 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 in the SEARCHSTOPWORDS setting in the TWikiPreferences
    • 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
  • 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 in the SEARCHSTOPWORDS setting in the TWikiPreferences
    • 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
  

Regular expression search searches for a set of regular expression patterns:

Advanced Search Form

  
  • 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

The WebSearchAdvanced form offers more control over search.

  

TWiki supports three types of searches:

  
  • keyword: The basic search type
  • literal: Simple search where text is searched literally
  • regex: A RegularExpression search for power users
  

TWiki's regex search is a set of regular expression patterns:

  
  • Patterns are delimited by a semicolon
  • 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

Formatted Searches

  

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

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

Search Preferences

Search Preferences

  

TWikiPreferencesdefines these search preferences:

The TWikiPreferenceshas these settings:

  
  • SEARCHDEFAULTTTYPE: Default search type for search forms which calls the search script
    • Currently %SEARCHDEFAULTTTYPE%
  • SEARCHVARDEFAULTTYPE: Default search type for %SEARCH{} variable
    • 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
  • SEARCHDEFAULTTTYPE: Default search type for search forms which calls the search script
  • SEARCHVARDEFAULTTYPE: Default search type for %SEARCH{} variable
  • SEARCHSTOPWORDS: List of stop words
  

Related Topics: UserDocumentationCategory

-- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny - 18 Jan 2004

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