I'm wondering what is a good general approach to enabling site-wide
searches on any topic on a 100% PHP-powered portal-type site for a
tertiary institution (yet to be built). Most if not all content will be
contained in a database, spread across potentially many different

How can all this stuff be searched efficiently and effectively to
hopefully find the punter what they're looking for? Searching the
sometimes lengthy "main content" fields (eg. an academic paper) in every
table of the entire database for every search doesn't seem like the way to
go. But apart from attempting to add some kind of subjective "search
term" fields to the data, I can't see how else it can be done.


MICHAEL HALL                 Web Development Officer
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
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