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Special Edition Using Microsoft® SharePoint Portal Server by Robert Ferguson

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Using Properties to Enhance Documents

Documents can be much more than just simple text files! That is, documents consist of more than just text that might be of interest to end-user searches. They also include properties such as “Creation Date” and “File Size.” Moreover, Microsoft Office products have a set of predefined properties such as “Author” or “Last Saved At.” Obviously, the index should understand the concept of properties, because they allow the user to formulate specific searches, such as “all documents written last week by Mr. Miles”. The SharePoint Portal Server index indeed does support properties, not only of type string but also of other common basic types such as dates and integers.

How are properties being defined and how are ...

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