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Re: Searching XML
- From: Phil Ruelle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: John Cowan <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 17:56:09 +0100
> > I want to create an application that can search through a number
> > (between a couple of hundred and a couple of thousand) of
> > relatively small XML documents (<10KB) and return a list of 'hits'
> > based on the search criteria. An important point is that all
> > documents will conform to the same schema.
> How complex are the search criteria? The answer is very sensitive
> to this question. Can you give some sample searches?
Each document will be an order containing a list of items. The most
frequent type of search would be to select orders that:
a) contain item X
b) contain item X and item Y
c) contain item X but do not contain item Y
and so on.
Since there is a huge number of items available and the list will be
expanding I hadn't intended creating types for each one. Instead I
thought using the element value (string) would be sufficient, but I
welcome any opinion on this.
I am intrigued by your question about search complexity - I hadn't
really considered its effect. Could you point me to some references
that explain what the options are and how they alter according to
complexity or could you possibly expand a little on this yourself?
> Also, what operating environment are you using?
I'm using a desktop with Windows 98 and NT on it. Also I intend to
program in Java if only due to the vast amount of XML code