ANNOUNCE: new version of search engine for XML documents

Walter Underwood wunder at
Tue Aug 31 18:59:34 BST 1999

Commercial announcement:

Ultraseek Server 3.1 is available with improved support for XML.
This is an internet search engine based on Infoseek/ search,
and designed for ease-of-admin, scalability, and relevant results.
This is our third release with XML support. Ultraseek Server first
supported indexing XML documents in version 2.1, way back in 
September 1998.

The XML support is designed for providing search to users over
sets of XML documents. It is not designed as a repository for
authors, as a database-like search (SQL, XQL, etc.), nor for
arbitrary searches depending on element context (XPath). It is
designed for people to type in a word or a phrase and get the
most relevant documents without having to learn a query language.

The XML support in 3.1 allows admins to map text inside elements
to search fields, and to have different mappings for different
root element names (we can't rely on DTDs, since we only require
well-formedness, not validity). If one document type uses <author>,
another uses <docAuthor>, another uses <byline>, and yet another
uses <creator>, all of those can be mapped to "author:name" searches.

It ships with default mappings for:

   DocBk XML V3.1.3
   the Bosak religion collection
   the Bosak Shakespear collection
   FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata

and a fallback default mapping that covers some common conventions,
like <title> or <TITLE> for the document title.

Simple links in XLink format (that is, "href" attributes) will be
followed by the spider. Elements qualified by namespaces can
be mapped.

For more information, see For detailed
XML questions, you can ask me, but for more general software support
you'll probably get more prompt answers from our usual support e-mail
(it doesn't take vacations).

Special thanks to James Clark for his high-quality parser (Expat) and
his liberal license. And continuing special thanks to the Python community.

Walter R. Underwood
wunder at
wunder at (home) (my product)

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