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In this example we will introduce paging in the results of the query, and a way to show a preview of the search results highlighting the specific words in the search query.

How to do it...

Consider a BC transaction named "Customer" in the Knowledge Base, which is searchable  (its Searchable property is set to TRUE).

In addition, we have another type of information which will be searchable, as "Accounting Entries" are stored in the database or files.

In order to program the "search" Web Panel object, define the following variables:

  • &SearchResult is of SearchResult Datatype
  • &SearchResultItem is of SearchResultItem DataType
  • &Title, &Type, &Score, &TimeStamp are character variables used to load the results of the search.

The form at design time is as follows:


This is the code that implements the search:

Sub 'Paging' 
    &SearchResult =  TextSearch.Find(&searchpattern,&items,&pageNumber)            
    for &SearchResultItem  in &SearchResult.Items()
        &title = &searchResultItem.Title
        &title.Link = &searchResultItem.Viewer
        &type = &searchResultItem.Type
        &score = &SearchResultItem.Score
        &TimeStamp = &SearchResultItem.TimeStamp
        if &type = 'Customer'
           &preview = TextSearch.HTMLPreview(&customer,&searchpattern,'HTML','<span STYLE="background: yellow"> ','</span>',200,1)

Note that based on the &Type (&searchResultItem.Type) value, we call the TextSearch.HTMLPreview function.

This is the runtime image of the sample:



Take into account that the text which is built and indexed has the following format: Attribute<1> Title + " " + Attribute<1> Value + .... Attribute<n> Title + " "+ Attribute<n> Value.

As a consequence, in our example "Customer Name" and "Customer Address" will be present in the index followed by the corresponding values, as they are the "Titles" of CustomerName, CustomerAddress attributes, etc.


In addition, at runtime the user will see the "Contextual Title" as labels of each attribute.


So, if the user wants to find customers named Sarah, the search query could be "Customer name Sarah". That's because Customer is the name of the transaction, and "Name" is the contextual title the user is interested in searching for.


You can download the sample from here.

See also

Full-Text Search in Applications
Full Text Search Examples - Indexing
Full Text Search Data Types

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