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Wiki > System > WebSearch > SearchHelp

Search Help

Search basics

By default a search looks into topic titles, topic texts and form fields in the current web. Extend your search to "all public webs" to get more results.

Search this site as you are used to with Google:
  • Type the words you want to find
  • Multiple words are combined: intranet web service returns all pages that have the three words anywhere in the page
  • Use double quotes for literal search (also known as phrase search) to search the exact words in that exact order, for example "web service"
  • Exclude words using minus signs, for instance: soap -shampoo (use double quotes if you want to search for a leading minus sign, like "-nowarn")

TIP TIP: to search for all topics that contain "SOAP", "WSDL", a literal "web service", but not "shampoo", write: soap wsdl "web service" -shampoo

Troubleshooting

"My search returned less than I expected"

Perhaps your search words are listed in the stop word list and excluded from the results. 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

TIP If you want to search for a word in the stop word list, prefix the word with a plus sign

Definitions

Some explanations of used terms.

Keyword search Use Google-like queries as in soap "web service" -shampoo; searches word parts: using the example, topics with "soapsuds" will be found as well, but topics with "shampoos" will be excluded
Word search Identical to keyword but searches whole words: topics with "soapsuds" will not be found, and topics with "shampoos" will not be excluded
Literal search Also known as phrase search; search the exact words in that exact order
Regular expression search Universal way of writing advanced search queries
Query search Extend the search to form fields, parent relationships and file attachment information
Case sensitive By default searches are not case sensitive, so writing "Wiki" or "wiki" will get the same results
Public webs You won't see results from Webs that you don't have access to

Creating your own search

Go to advanced search to see your search query translated to a SEARCH macro. It will look somewhat like this:
%SEARCH{
   "\"stuff I've read\""
   type="word"
   scope="all"
   order="editby"
   reverse="on"
   limit="10"
   zeroresults="on"
}%
You can copy and paste this text to any topic to get show search results on that page.

More search options

  • 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

Define or change these settings in SitePreferences.
r1 - 14 Sep 2010 - 21:43:22 - ProjectContributor

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