[MarkLogic Dev General] Attribute seach in Marklogic

Melkis.PenyameenSathakJebarathinam at cognizant.com Melkis.PenyameenSathakJebarathinam at cognizant.com
Wed Mar 11 05:49:05 PDT 2015

Hi All:

I am seeing a below problem in Search API.

Let's consider the below xml. We have title attribute (@title="Auto Test Assessment Update").


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<assessment title="Auto Test Assessment Update" identifier="00154ab3-167f-4b30-a53a-ecf633ff6bd2">
  <assessmentSection identifier="" title="Wrapper Section" assessmentSectionRefCount="1">
    <assessmentSectionRef identifier="463491ee-1f7d-433e-bd87-750121229dda"/>


Consider the below REST URL, I am retrieving the above xml which contain the word "Auto" in title attribute using the below search constraint and this works fine."Auto"&collection=Assessments&options=search-assessment&format=xml

<search:constraint name="title">
      <search:attribute ns="" name="title"/>
      <search:element ns="" name="assessment"/>


I want to retrieve the same xml without constraint search (without constraint name in URL) as below.

This doesn't retrieve the above xml because Marklogic will default create cts:word-query("Auto") and looks through only elements not attributes. So it fails.

For the below URL, Marklogic will default create cts:word-query("Ale"). The above xml is retrieved because we have "Alex" in "created_by" element(<created_by>Alex</created_by>)

As we know attribute search is not part of Marklogic. Is there any solution to this problem?
Is there any option in Marklogic admin page (like attribute search scope) where I can configure to make attribute search work?

We don't have anything like cts:attribute-word-query() in Marklogic (to search through attributes) like we have cts:word-query (which does for element text content).

Warm regards,
Melkis Penyameen Sathak J
Associate - Projects
Advanced Solution Group
Cognizant Technology Solutions

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