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We have a potential client who has a need for a search service on
on knowledge base of their particular software packages. The searching would be
very similar to what Microsoft uses for there knowledge base on there website.

They want the capability to search by a particular category and then on some
keywords. The category would be chosen by a form box and then some keywords
would be added to a text box underneath.

I don't think the free version of webinator can handle this and I was wondering
if you have any commercial products that could do the job.

Sincerely,

Bob Lanese
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You can replicate the Microsoft search with the free Webinator.
If all you need is a category list box, its rather simple.
If you need to get more elaborate you'll need a T1000 Webinator.

Just create multiple databases with each one containing the
information that pertains to one of your categories.
Then, on the form add the following:

<SELECT NAME="db">
<OPTION SELECTED VALUE="">(Full Site Search)
<OPTION VALUE="corp">Corporate Information
<OPTION VALUE="finance">Financial Information
<OPTION VALUE="magazine">Microsoft Magazine
<OPTION VALUE="worldwide">Worldwide Offices
</SELECT>

This gives you the ability to do what Microsoft is doing.
You can't span multiple databases in one search though,
to do that you'll need the T1000.

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"You can replicate the Microsoft search with the free Webinator.
If all you need is a category list box, its rather simple.
If you need to get more elaborate you'll need a T1000 Webinator."

Per the above information, is there any documentaton about how to categorize documents/webpages with Commercial Webinator? (We have full Texis version too if necessary) Thanks.
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The example above involved crawling the categories into separate databases, and searching based on that.

If the categories are easily identified by URL it should be easy to crawl into different databases, or add a query term on the URL. Which method you choose would depend on how often a categorized search would happen compared to a full database search.

With the full Texis version you could get more elaborate, and create your own table structure, and assign categories on the fly as you crawled with the scripted crawler.
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Search this board for
search scope
You will find various threads describing the process.
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