htsearch

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Output Templates

The htsearch program will normally produce HTML output. In this process it makes extensive use of template in which variables will be substituted. The templates are specified in the configuration file. The configuration file attributes defining these templates are:

In addition to these files, the search results are also produced with the use of templates. The result templates are a bit more complicated because they can be specified at runtime using an HTML menu. They are specified using the template_map configuration file attribute. This attribute contains a list of strings triplets. For each triplet of strings, the elements have the following meaning:

  1. the name that will appear in the FORMAT menu (see below)
  2. the internal name used by htsearch for this result template
  3. the base filename for the template.

There are two predefined templates that are used by default. They have the internal names builtin-long and builtin-short. As such, the default value for the template_map attribute is as follows:

Long builtin-long builtin-long \
Short builtin-short builtin-short

Which means that there will be two ways to display the search results: a "Long" and a "Short" way. The first template listed will always be the default one for the first search. Thereafter, the default will be whatever was selected for the previous search.

Result template files

When a custom template is required, one or more template files need to be created and referenced in the template_map attribute. These templates are user-selectable from the search form. It is also possible to select result templates based on URL patterns of the search matches, using the template_patterns attribute. This allows distinct visual styles to be used for matches on different web sites.

There are many variables that can be substituted into these templates. Not all of them make sense for each file, so not all of them will be substituted for every file. In addition, all of the standard CGI environment variables are available, and listed in the . Variables will be substituted normally with the format $(VAR), escaped for use in a URL with the format $%(VAR), URL-encoding decoded with the format $=(VAR), and HTML-escaped with the format $&(VAR). The variables are:

ANCHOR
Expands to the named anchor found just before the first match; it includes "#" at the start so it can be directly appended to the URL variable. If no anchor was found, ANCHOR is empty.
CGI
Unless the configuration file sets a different value, this expands to whatever the SCRIPT_NAME environment variable is. See the script_name configuration file attribute for more information.
CURRENT
The number of the current match.
DESCRIPTION
The first URL description for the matched document.
DESCRIPTIONS
A list of URL text descriptions for the matched document. The entries in the list are separated by <br>. These are the text used between the <a href...> and </a>tags.
DOCID
The internal ID for the document for the current match.
EXCERPT
The relevant excerpt for the current match
FIRSTDISPLAYED
The index of the first match on this page.
FORMAT
Expands to an HTML menu of all the available formats. The current format will be the default one. The menu is composed of choices itemized in the template_map attribute. The expansion of this template variable is described in more detail in the select list documentation.
HOPCOUNT
The distance of this match away from the starting document(s).
KEYWORDS
A string of the search keywords with spaces in between, as specified in the keywords input parameter.
LASTDISPLAYED
The index of the last match on this page.
LOGICAL_WORDS
A string of the search words with either "and" or "or" between the words, depending on the type of search.
MATCH_MESSAGE
This is either all or some depending on the match method used.
MATCHES
The total number of matches that were found.
MATCHES_PER_PAGE
The configured maximum number of matches on this page
MAX_STARS
The configured maximum number of stars to display in matches.
METADESCRIPTION
The meta description text (if any) for the matched document.
METHOD
Expands to an HTML menu of all the available matching methods. The current method will be the default one. The menu is composed of choices itemized in the method_names attribute. The expansion of this template variable is described in more detail in the select list documentation.
MODIFIED
The date and time the document was last modified
NEXTPAGE
This expands to the value of the next_page_text or no_next_page_text attributes depending on whether there is a next page or not.
NSTARS
The number of stars calculated for this document as an integer, up to a maximum specified by the max_stars attribute.
PAGE
The current page number.
PAGEHEADER
This expands to either the value of the page_list_header or no_page_list_header attributes depending on how many pages there are.
PAGELIST
This expands to a list of hyperlinks using the page_number_text and no_page_number_text attributes.
PAGES
The total number of pages.
PERCENT
The match score as a percentage. Its range is 1 to 100, without a percent sign. The minimum is always 1 so the variable can be used as the value for an HTML WIDTH attribute.
PLURAL_MATCHES
If the MATCHES variable is other than 1, this will be a single 's'.
PREVPAGE
This expands to the value of the prev_page_text or no_prev_page_text attributes depending on whether there is a previous page or not.
SCORE
The score of the current match
SELECTED_FORMAT
The currently selected format.
SELECTED_METHOD
The currently selected matching method.
SELECTED_SORT
The currently selected sorting method.
SIZE
The size of the document for the current match
SIZEK
The size in kilobytes of the document for the current match
SORT
Expands to an HTML menu of all the available sorting methods. The current method will be the default one. The menu is composed of choices itemized in the sort_names attribute. The expansion of this template variable is described in more detail in the select list documentation.
STARSLEFT
A set of HTML <img> tags with the stars aligned on the left.
STARSRIGHT
A set of HTML <img> tags with the stars aligned on the right.
STARTYEAR, STARTMONTH, STARTDAY, ENDYEAR, ENDMONTH, ENDDAY
The currently specified date range for restricting search results.
SYNTAXERROR
Is the text of the boolean expression syntax error.
TITLE
The title of the document for the current match
URL
The URL to the document for the current match
VERSION
The ht://Dig version number
WORDS
A string of the search words with spaces in between.

Last modified: $Date: 2002/02/01 05:35:21 $
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