Boolean Query DTD?

Marcelo Cantos marcelo at
Mon Mar 15 02:59:45 GMT 1999

On Sat, Mar 13, 1999 at 11:38:58PM -0800, Avi Rappoport wrote:
> I have a consulting client who is shipping around Boolean queries. 
> The documents are not XML, but they are using XML for data transfer 
> between the search form and the back-end search engine, and in the 
> results listings.  We would like to replace their proprietary query 
> language (it looks like AltaVista's + and - system) with XML markup, 
> because it seems cleaner and could be parsed with the rest of the 
> document.
> I have read all 66 position papers at the QL '98 site 
> <> and think that the proposed 
> languages, such as XQL or XML-Query, are overkill for our needs.   Do 
> we have to go the whole query route or is there something lightweight 
> that might handle it for us?

Try ISO 8777, a.k.a. CCL (Common Command Language).  You can't get it
off the web (AFAIK), and it's ugly.  But it's simple (only about 10
pages, I'm told), it's there and it's a standard.



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