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16.3. Searching Collections

Once you have created and populated a Verity collection, you will naturally want to provide a means for users to search its contents. The CFSEARCH tag provides just such capability. Using the CFSEARCH tag, ColdFusion allows you to build sophisticated searching into your applications. In its simplest form, CFSEARCH can perform the searching operation directly against a Verity collection without the user having to enter anything for the search criteria. A popular use for this technique is in the creation of "top ten" lists of search terms. This technique is covered later in the Advanced Techniques section of this chapter. For now, let's take a look at a basic example that demonstrates how to use the CFSEARCH tag to search a Verity collection without the user having to enter the search criteria:

<CFSEARCH COLLECTION="cfdocumentation" NAME="MySearchQuery" TYPE="simple"
          CRITERIA="verity" LANGUAGE="English" EXTERNAL="No">

<CFOUTPUT QUERY="MySearchQuery">
   <A HREF="/cfdocs/#MySearchQuery.url#">#MySearchQuery.Title#</A><BR>
</CFOUTPUT>


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