QueryParser (was Re: [Xapian-discuss] UTF8 support plans (without stemming))

rm at fabula.de rm at fabula.de
Thu Apr 28 14:54:29 BST 2005

On Thu, Apr 28, 2005 at 02:15:33PM +0100, Olly Betts wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 27, 2005 at 10:17:20PM +0200, rm at fabula.de wrote:
> > I personally can't see why there even _is_ a query parser in Xapian
> > core. After all the query language really depends on the aplication...
> That's true to some extent, but the query language will typically look
> very similar to that used by the big web search engines, since many
> users will have had exposure to that.  The rewritten QueryParser also
> allows you to turn off features (so you can disable boolean operators,
> phrases, etc).

That comment wasn't meant as a critique of the current library setup :-)
I just wanted to make clear that the query parser shouldn't be a big obstacle
in using unicode with Xapian.

> You don't have to use it, but it will save many people from having to
> reinvent the wheel.

Yes, given the fact that most users use Xapian by means of a web interface
(everything is a string ...).


> Cheers,
>     Olly
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