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Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 Best Practices by Bill English, Ben Curry

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Understanding OpenSearch Standards

What is OpenSearch? Well, the opensearch.org Web site says it best. "OpenSearch is a collection of simple formats for the sharing of search results." In OpenSearch, there are four basic parts to the standard:

  • A Description Document that is used to describe the search engine

  • Search client applications

  • OpenSearch response elements

  • A result set

In this section, we’ll look at the OpenSearch 1.1 standard, focusing on the description file and some of the response elements. In Search Server 2008, the search client is the Keyword Query Web part, and the result set is the page of Web parts that displays the results from one or more indexes. When you build an FLD in your environment or when you export an FLD to a file system, ...

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