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Displaying Search Terms

Thread began 1/26/2011 8:17 pm by Brad Lawryk | Last modified 1/31/2011 10:24 am by Jason Byrnes | 1106 views | 6 replies |

Brad Lawryk

Displaying Search Terms

I have a client site that I have used the Data Assist generated forms and search. It all works good. But they have a request to display the search terms that were entered into the search form above the results.

I am having difficulty finding where these are stored or how they can be retrieved and displayed. Can this be done?

Brad

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Dave BuchholzBeta Tester

Brad,

this is a sample of code I used in a previous project that should get you going, please note that the sample uses the GET rather than POST method

php:
<?php

foreach( $_GET as $pkey => $pval ) {
        if (
$pval != "" && strpos($pkey,"WADbSearch") !== && $pkey != "x" && $pkey != "y" && $pval != "Search Now" && $pval != "search-results")  { 
            switch(
$pkey) {
        case 
'S_title':
        echo 
'<li><span>' $i8_singular ':</span>';
        break;
        case 
'S_fk'// If foreign key field required
        
echo '<li><span>##Name##:</span>';
        break;
        case 
'S_details':
        echo 
'<li><span>Description:</span>';
        break;
        case 
'S_sortorder':
        echo 
'<li><span>Sort Order:</span>';
        break;
        case 
'S_publish':
        echo 
'<li><span>Published:</span>';
        break;
        case 
'S_dateinsert':
        echo 
'<li><span>Date Entered:</span>';
        break;
        case 
'S_dateupdate':
        echo 
'<li><span>Last Updated:</span>';
        break;
        default:
        echo 
'<li><span>Quick Search:</span>';
        }
                                                        
        switch(
$pkey) {
        case 
'S_title':
        echo 
stripslashes($pval) . '</li>';
        break;
        case 
'S_fk':
        echo 
$row_rsSearchFK['title'] . '</li>';
        break;
        case 
'S_details':
        echo 
stripslashes((str_replace("\n","&nbsp;",$pval))) . '</li>';
        break;
        case 
'S_sortorder':
        echo 
$pval '</li>';
        break;
        case 
'S_publish':
        echo ((
$pval == 1)?'Yes':'No') . '</li>';
        break;
        case 
'S_dateinsert':
        echo 
date('F jS, Y',strtotime(i8_formatUSDateMySQL($pval))) . '</li>';
        break;
        case 
'S_dateupdate':
        echo 
date('F jS, Y',strtotime(i8_formatUSDateMySQL($pval))) . '</li>';
        break;
        default:
        echo 
stripslashes($pval) . '</li>';
        }
            }
}
?>
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Brad Lawryk

You have to do a bunch of hand coding to simply display what values were used in the search?

All I wanna do is have it display what words the user searched for so if it doesn't bring up any results they can see if they typed it in wrong or something. Heck even having the search fields themselves still display what was searched would be enough.

Brad

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

The code that Dave is giving you goes above just displaying the search term, it will also display a unique label beside aeach search term depending on which form element it is coming from.


In his example code, he has different form elements, one is named "S_publish" another is named "S_details".


his code is displaying a unique label, so if the user searched for details and published, the display would look like:
Description: <detail search term>
Published: <published search term.

if all you want to do is show the search term, go to the bindings panel and click on the plus button.

Select Form Data, click the folder icon and select your search form.

this will add dynamic data bindings for the search form on the results page.

In the bindings panel expand the search form, then drag the form element binding to the results page where you want it displayed, repeat for any other form elements you wish to display.

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Dave BuchholzBeta Tester

Jason is correct, I like to present a nicely formatted list that tells the searcher exactly what terms they used and what they relate to.

More work yes, but less questions from confused clients in the long run.

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Brad Lawryk

Thanks guys ....

I knew there had to be an easy way. Works great now. Appreciated

Brad

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

you're welcome.

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