Fabricated regions in Findaid Class

When you use XPAT in combination with xmlrgn and a DTD, or multirgn and a tags file, you are identifying the elements and attributes in the DTD or tags file as "regions," containers of content rather like fields in a database. These separate regions are built into the regions file (collid.rgn) and are identified in the data dictionary (collid.dd). This is what is happening when you are running xmlrgn.

However, sometimes the things you want to identify collectively aren't so handily identified as elements in the DTD. For example, the Findaid Class search interface can allow the user to search in Names regions. Perhaps for your collection you want Names to include persname, corpname, geoname. By creating an XPAT query that ORs these regions, you can have XPAT index all the regions that satisfy the OR-ed query. For example:

(region "name" + region "persname" + region "corpname" + region "geoname" +
region "famname")

Once you have a query that produces the results you want, create a file for export, export it, and sync it:

{exportfile "$DLXSROOT/idx/c/collid/names.rgn"} export ~sync "names" 

Why fabricate regions? Why not just put these queries in the map file and call them names? While you could, it's probably worth your time to build these succinctly-named and precompiled regions; query errors are more easily identified in the index building than in the CGI, and XPAT searches can be simpler and quicker for terms within the prebuilt regions.

Fabricated regions within the Findaid Class can be found in the extra.srch file for the sample collection at $DLXSROOT/prep/s/samplefa/samplefa.extra.srch. As with any other elements used in the interface for a given collection, fabricated regions used must also be represented in the collmgr entry and the map file for that collection.

Fabricated regions required in Findaid Class

Fabricated regions commonly found in Findaid Class