Site Search Feature

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New Search Engine!

We have supplemented the built-in MediaWiki search feature with a Google appliance-based search which will index uploaded documents (PDF, PPT, DOC, etc) as well as the Wiki text.

Both search tools are available, but the search box which appears in the left-side navigation pane on all wiki pages uses the Google appliance.

This is a work in progress, so please use the discussion page to raise issues identified. Feel free to edit this page with hints about how to do searches better.

Using a Wiki relies on doing good searches more than having a structured, menu driven navigational system, so hopefully this new search facility will facilitate more use of sasCommunity.org.

See sasCommunity:Searching

--Statprof 10:46, 13 March 2008 (EDT); rev. --Howles 09:40, 22 May 2008 (EDT)

Search sasCommunity.org from your site

A number of users have asked whether they could provide a facility to search sasCommunity.org from their own sites. The Google appliance allows that. You just need to add the following HTML form to your site:

<form name="searchform" action="http://search.sascommunity.org/search">
  <input name="site" value="default_collection" type="hidden"/>
  <input name="client" value="default_frontend" type="hidden"/>
  <input name="output" value="xml_no_dtd" type="hidden"/>
  <input name="proxystylesheet" value="default_frontend" type="hidden"/>
  <input name="ie" value="UTF-8" type="hidden"/>
  <input name="filter" value="0" type="hidden"/>
  <input name="oe" value="UTF-8" type="hidden"/>
  <input id="searchInput" name="q" type="text"/>
  <input type="submit" name="go" value="Search"/>
</form>

Don't alter any of the values for the above field.

If you decide to add this factility to your site please watch this page so you can be notified when updates to the Google appliance require changes to the form.

--Donh 19:11, 22 March 2008 (EDT)

Accessing the MediaWiki Search

The default search engine for sasCommunity.org is an add-on Google appliance. However, the native MediaWiki search engine is also available. Why might you want to use that?

  • By default, it excludes redirect pages from its results, though there is a check box which lets you reverse that.
  • You may want to exclude results from uploaded files, and limit the search to wiki text.

Four ways to get to the MediaWiki search:

  1. Click here.
  2. Special pages: Search
  3. Quick Links: MediaWiki Search (under "S")
  4. http://www.sascommunity.org/wiki/Special:Search