yaz_search() prepares for a search on the connection given by parameter id. The parameter type represents the query type - only "rpn" is supported now in which case the third argument specifies a Type-1 query in prefix query notation. Like yaz_connect() this function is non-blocking and only prepares for a search to be executed later when yaz_wait() is called.
The RPN query is a textual representation of the Type-1 query as defined by the Z39.50 standard. However, in the text representation as used by YAZ a prefix notation is used, that is the operater precedes the operands. The query string is a sequence of tokens where white space is ignored unless surrounded by double quotes. Tokens beginning with an at-character (@) are considered operators, otherwise they are treated as search terms.
Table 1. RPN Operators
|@and query1 query2||intersection of query1 and query2|
|@or query1 query2||union of query1 and query2|
|@not query1 query2||query1 and not query2|
|@set name||result set reference|
|@attrset set query||specifies attribute-set for query. This construction is only allowed once - in the beginning of the whole query|
|@attr [set] type=value query||applies attribute to query. The type and value are integers specifying the attribute-type and attribute-value respectively. The set, if given, specifies the attribute-set.|
Example 1. Query Examples
You can search for simple terms, like this
This query applies two attributes for the same phrase.
Another, more complex, one:
You can find information about attributes at the Z39.50 Maintenance Agency site.
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