[pmwiki-users] How to search using a markup function.
Patrick R. Michaud
pmichaud at pobox.com
Wed Apr 13 17:13:23 CDT 2005
On Wed, Apr 13, 2005 at 05:03:46PM -0500, John Feezell wrote:
> Looking for suggestions and guidance on the following:
> Here's what I'd like to be able to achieve.
> 1. A user sets a search string via a custom markup - now working.
> 2. The function that handles the markup grabs the search string (now
> working) and passes it to PmWiki to process the "search".
> 3. PmWiki return the list of the "found" pages via a variable to the
> markup function.
> 4. The markup function continues processing the markup using the
> variable returned by PmWiki.
> I've looked at the (:searchbox::) markup, etc but it was unclear to me
> know the "search" was processed. I believe that the variable I'd like
> to access is the resulting $MatchList variable.
Actually, you probably want to look at (:searchresults:) or (:pagelist:)
instead, as they're the ones that perform the actual search. (:searchbox:)
just generates the form for someone to fill in.
> The central idea is to process and working with a "search" that is
> started and mananged by the markup function rather than the user. The
> user simply specifies the "search string" via the markup.
At the moment this is handled slightly differently -- the FmtPageList()
function grabs the list of pages according to various search criteria,
then passes that list to an output formatting function specified
by the markup (which can be a custom markup).
I did think about doing it the way you describe, where a markup-specific
function calls something to get the set of matching pages and then
formats the output, but at the time I decided it was too inefficient
(and searches are already too slow anyway) and less flexible than the
one I chose.
However, FmtPageList and friends are next on my "hit list" for improvements,
so there may be a better answer for you here before I'm through.
Still, I'd suggest making use of FmtPageList (feel free to ask questions
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