Perlfect Solutions

xml (was Re: [Perlfect-search] data dump script)

Mon, 7 May 2001 13:45:11 +0100

>I believe what you're aiming for is a search engine which could be
>considered to a be part of "The Semantic Web". Have a look at...
>No need to reinvent this particular wheel. Just look up Dublin Core and
>RDF in the many sites that cover this field. You could start at the site
>I maintain, below. (It uses perlfect search of course.)

actually i'm being a lot lazier than that, but i take your point that 
things are either done properly or by hacking about and one shouldn't 
confuse the two.

i'm reasonably familiar with dublin core and newsml and various other 
possibilities, but i'm looking for something much simpler here: i 
want to be able to designate a small number of arbitrary fields and 
get perlfect to use some as bodies to index and some as descriptors 
to return. i don't want to do that using simple regexes, if possible, 
because it negates too many of the advantages of using xml in the 
first place, but neither do i want to prescribe a great deal of 
infrastructure for what are really quite simple tasks.

one day i'll probably have to transpose a lot of data to an accepted 
dtd (or schema, now?) for the sake of interoperability, but that day 
seems rather far off and the people i work for  - activist and 
charity types - tend to have low-rent servers that dislike the 
overhead of doing things properly. in which case an 
adequately-well-behaved use of perlfect as a free-text adjunct to the 
main delivery system would be ideal.

but if any of this is wrong-headed, i'd be very glad to hear it.