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Re: Display of XML Attributes

From: Peter Karman <karman(at)>
Date: Wed Apr 07 2004 - 16:57:40 GMT
I wonder if you could set


for each property, then append something like a ^D (that's ASCII char 
04) at the end of each <tagset>


PropertyNamesNoStripChars bar



and then, like Bill suggests, split on ^D in your postprocessor.

my @bar = split(/chr(04)/e, $bar_property);

(does that perl work?)

I haven't actually tried this, but it might be an interesting experiment.


Thoreau Lovell supposedly wrote on 04/07/2004 11:27 AM:
>  >You could either pre-parse the files and add your own separator
>  >character(s) that you can split on in the view,
> I experimented with this, but couldn't get anything to work. Can you expand 
> a bit?
> Thanks.
> At 04:54 PM 4/6/2004 -0700, Bill Moseley wrote:
>>On Tue, Apr 06, 2004 at 03:39:48PM -0700, Thoreau Lovell wrote:
>>>I'm new to Swish-e, so please forgive another newbe question. I'm indexing
>>>a set of xml docs that have been generated by an XSLT stylesheet. Each doc
>>>represents a record for an electronic journal. The problem I'm having is
>>>that many of the records have multiple instances of a given element tag.
>>>For instance, the <provider> tag. Instead of displaying each instance
>>>separately, Swish-e concatenates them into a list when they are displayed
>>>as part of a search result.
>>That's how it works[1].  I thought it was a config.h setting, but it turns
>>out to be a docprop.c setting:
>>    if ( add_a_space )
>>        p->propValue[p->propLen++] = ' ';
>>So you might be able to change that to a pipe, for example, and then
>>split on that pipe when displaying the property.  Hum, that actually
>>might not won't work because long properties might be added to the index
>>in chunks and have that pipe added to them, too.
>>>I'm using TemplateToolkit to generate the output. Any suggestions on 
>>how to
>>>display each <provider> instance on a separate line? Or, should I
>>>restructure the xml files? If so, how?
>>You could either pre-parse the files and add your own separator
>>character(s) that you can split on in the view, or rename the tags
>>on-the-fly by preparsing <providerA> <providerB> ... and then try and
>>pull them out one-by-one.  Not a very good solution, either.
>>[1] Swish used to internally create a linked-list of properties each
>>time a property of the same name was added to the index, but that caused
>>problems when using the SAX parser where data was added in chunks, and
>>also there was no way to print out those properties once in the index.
>>Bill Moseley
> Thoreau Lovell
> Digital Systems Design and Development Coordinator
> J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University
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Received on Wed Apr 7 09:57:40 2004