[LibX] search failure using libx

Mark Mounts mark.mounts at dartmouth.edu
Wed Aug 19 12:44:54 PDT 2009

a little more exploring revealed that the combination of the dot and the SORT=R 
parameter is the cause of the failure.

if you either change the parameter to SORT=D


the search works, or if you remove the dot with a space leaving the SORT=R, the 
search works


the same holds for the form 2 syntax.

we are running Release 2007 1.3 and I just noticed a change in the syntax:

SORT=D is now the relevancy sort (RightResult)
SORT=DX is now the date sort

I do not know when this changed occurred... so our version of III is no longer 
using SORT=R ... it still works but gives not very good results!


Godmar Back wrote:
> Setting "Search Form" to 2 in the Optional Settings for this III catalog 
> will produce this syntax (the one with SEARCH=...). (See 
> http://libx.org/libx/src/base/chrome/libx/content/libx/catalogs/milleniumopac.js 
> )
> To tell you the truth, since we reverse-engineered all of this, we 
> didn't know why and when III was choosing between those search forms - 
> we saw some using this one, some using that one, so we thought they were 
> site settings.
> Are they adaptive behavior, based on characters in search terms - say 
> those containing a ., or are they site settings?
> (The . would not cause an issue at this point in the URL with respect to 
> ambiguity of parsing - but when it comes to III, logic and reason are 
> not good guides.) Should we use form 2 when the term contains dots?
>  - Godmar
> On Mon, Aug 3, 2009 at 11:54 AM, Mark Mounts <mark.mounts at dartmouth.edu 
> <mailto:mark.mounts at dartmouth.edu>> wrote:
>     Doing a search for "worldcat.org <http://worldcat.org>" with the
>     period in the search term fails when using libx with the keyword
>     search option for our catalog, but works fine when using the native
>     keyword search in our catalog. When I use the title search option
>     for our catalog in libx it works fine.
>     edition: 0A381CCE
>     catalog: Innovative
>     the URL that gets generated by libx for the keyword search is
>     http://libcat.dartmouth.edu/search/X?worldcat.org&startLimit=&SORT=R&endLimit=
>     <http://libcat.dartmouth.edu/search/X?worldcat.org&startLimit=&SORT=R&endLimit=>
>     the native catalog generates this url
>     http://libcat.dartmouth.edu/search/X?SEARCH=worldcat.org&searchscope=1&SORT=D&Da=&Db=&p=
>     <http://libcat.dartmouth.edu/search/X?SEARCH=worldcat.org&searchscope=1&SORT=D&Da=&Db=&p=>
>     Mark Mounts
>     Dartmouth College Library
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