[MarkLogic Dev General] Attribute seach in Marklogic

Michael Blakeley mike at blakeley.com
Wed Mar 11 16:51:07 PDT 2015

If I understand correctly, you're asking how to match element-attribute-words without using an explicit query constraint? That is, you'd like q=alex to match an element-attribute like assessment/@title as well as ordinary word-query matches.

If that's right, https://docs.marklogic.com/search:search#opt-term may help. There's also some discussion of the idea at http://markmail.org/message/o67ipolmolzhm7jp

In this case I think you'd end up needing to write a plugin function in XQuery (or perhaps JavaScript?) to implement your query logic. The docs have an example:

 <term apply="my-term-query" ns="http://custom/search" at="/lib/custom.xqy">     
    <empty apply="all-results"/>

That refers to a function, and I don't see an example in the docs. But if it uses the same interface as a custom constraint, then it might look like this:

declare function cs:my-term-query(
  $constraint-qtext as xs:string,
  $right as schema-element(cts:query))
as schema-element(cts:query)
       (xs:QName('assessment'), xs:QName('assessmentSection')),
       string($right//cts:text)) ))
  ! document{ . }/*
  ! element { node-name(.) } {
    attribute qtextconst {
      concat($constraint-qtext, fn:string($right//cts:text)) },
    node() }

That's untested, but it may put you on the right path. You could extend the element-attribute-word-query to handle additional element QNames and attribute QNames.

-- Mike

> On 11 Mar 2015, at 05:49 , <Melkis.PenyameenSathakJebarathinam at cognizant.com> <Melkis.PenyameenSathakJebarathinam at cognizant.com> wrote:
> 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:
> <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
> <assessment title="Auto Test Assessment Update" identifier="00154ab3-167f-4b30-a53a-ecf633ff6bd2">
>   <lastModifiedDate>2015-01-30T01:00:59.03454-05:00</lastModifiedDate>
>   <created_by>Alex</created_by>
>   <assessmentSection identifier="" title="Wrapper Section" assessmentSectionRefCount="1">
>     <assessmentSectionRef identifier="463491ee-1f7d-433e-bd87-750121229dda"/>
>   </assessmentSection>
> </assessment>
> Test-1:
> 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.
> <search:constraint name="title">
>     <search:word>
>       <search:attribute ns="" name="title"/>
>       <search:element ns="" name="assessment"/>
>     </search:word>
>   </search:constraint>
> Test-2:
> 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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