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From "Yonik Seeley" <>
Subject Re: Using HTTP-Post for Queries
Date Mon, 22 Jan 2007 04:12:52 GMT
On 1/21/07, Erik Hatcher <> wrote:
> On Jan 20, 2007, at 9:23 PM, Chris Hostetter wrote:
> > : > In the back of my mind, I've been thinking about *how* to support
> > : > multiple query syntaxes.
> > : > trying to add new parameters everywhere specifying the type
> > doesn't
> > : > seem like a great idea (way too many places).
> >
> > : Good point.  Yeah, it does make sense for the query type to be part
> > : of the query string itself.  There are lots of places that a
> > : QueryParser expression can currently be used (&q=, &fq= with
> > standard
> > : requests, and other places with dismax).
> >
> > are you guys concerned that people will want to use different
> > sytnaxes for
> > different places where a query is expressed, ie: use the stock
> > syntax in
> > one "fq", the xml syntax in a "q", and the surround syntax in a second
> > "fq" ?
> Yes, I think different syntaxes in different places would be useful.
> For example, a user enters a full-text search query that is suitable
> to use with Solr's QueryParser, and then the user facets a bit.  The
> facet "queries" really aren't queries at all, but rather terms that
> don't need to be parsed.  Building up a string to be parsed like "#
> {params[:field]}:#{params[:value]}" is tricky because of escaping
> syntax (like colons).  So fq wouldn't need to be parsed at all,
> except to pull the field name out to build a TermQuery
> straightforwardly.

fq params are often queries too (think price ranges, etc).

For syntax, what about

<!term>myfield:my unescaped value all as a singe term


<!term field='myfield'>my unescaped value all as a singe term

Of course, while that prefix looks decent in bare text, adding it to
an XML config file would look ugly since < would need escaping.

Another syntax option... something like

!term:myfield:my unescaped value all as a singe term

(basically, find a prefix that would be unlikely to appear as an
actual term or wildcard in lucene queryparser syntax)


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