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Subject: Re: [dita-comment] The short description and searching

I interpret that to mean that in a retrieval context you would give higher
weight to matches on shortdescs than matches on content in the body or in
nested topics.

It also suggests a "find text in shortdescs" search option in a CMS or
retrieval system. 



On 7/5/12 3:21 PM, "Guy K. Haas" <guy@hiskeyboard.com> wrote:

> In this sentence from the DITA 1.2 description of shortdesc
>      The short description, which represents the purpose or theme of the
> topic, is also intended to be used as a link preview and for
> searching.
> what does "for searching" mean?
> I know that a <shortdesc> text is supposed to be the blurb that appears in
> a search engine's results.  But the only way I can conceive of <shortdes>c
> to "be used ... for searching" is that, when the topic is published as
> HTML, the <shortdesc> text is output in the HTML <abstract> element
> (unless a larger <abstract> is in the topic's metadata, in which case THAT
> is used).
> Is that what the "for searching" means?  What about other file types, such
> as PDF?
> --Thanks,
>       Guy
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