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Inside the Index and Search Engines: Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 by Lars Fastrup, Patrick Tissegham

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Thesaurus

The thesaurus is an XML file for defining related search terms with respect to the content in the index. This is very useful when the index contains documents using different terms for semantically equal topics. Users will, without appropriate configuration of the thesaurus, find only the documents containing the term they entered in the Search box and not the documents using synonym terms.

This problem would quickly become apparent, for instance, on a whisky portal with multiple content authors. Some would type whisky, while others would be more comfortable using scotch. But it is not acceptable to require portal visitors searching for whisky-related content to know about this difference. They must find all documents, regardless of whether ...

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