Now that you understand the basics of using the Verity search engine
with ColdFusion, it is time to take a look at a couple of advanced
techniques to help you get the most out of the technology. This
section covers several advanced topics including how to build top-ten
lists for your Internet or intranet site, custom attributes,
modifying the Verity
summary attribute, and
searching database and document collections simultaneously.
A cool feature that you can add to
your Internet or intranet site to help your visitors find information
fast is a top-ten list. Top-ten lists are nothing more than a list of
the ten most frequently searched terms on your site. The list appears
as a series of links that execute a Verity search when clicked. The
user need not enter a search criteria as the
cfsearch tag is automatically populated based on
the link clicked from the top-ten list.
Before you can actually start using a top-ten list on your site, you have to compile a list of the most frequently searched-for terms on the site. This is a relatively easy task requiring a simple database table, a small bit of coding, and time to allow users to add terms to the list.
The first step in creating a top-ten list is to create a database table to store all the search terms that users enter as search criteria in your search page. Start by creating a table in your database called Keywords. For this example, I used Microsoft Access, but feel free to use the database ...