Thursday, April 21, 2011

Separating and Querying the Papers

A persistent problem happens when a reference is double clicked or the index content tree is selected to show the entire book. It takes up to 30 seconds for the whole book to load into the viewing box. To handle this, I'm separating the book into it's papers and the viewing box will only show one paper at a time. This way, it'll be 195 times faster at loading the viewing results box.

This has higher priority than getting the Thesaurus up. The Thesaurus has a few leaps of programming for it to be done properly. The querying system is basically set up to handle 'AND' type of queries based on paragraphs. That is: When two words typed into the word box appear in any one paragraph, then that paragraph is shown in the reference list and the paragraph viewing window. 'OR' type of queries don't work yet. A Thesaurus is an 'OR' type of query. For example: When the word 'house' is selected and then the word 'abode' is selected into the word box from the Thesaurus list for 'home' then the query should say if this 'house' OR 'abode' appear in the same paragraph, then select that paragraph. Of course if an 'AND' word is added that will change the query and complicate it further. 

So the parser that determines the tests will have to work with one set of entries starting from the left of the word window entries and work towards the right side. If a parentheses is added to a set of 'AND' and 'OR' queries, then the those have to be determined first.

I never said it was easy and I never said I knew what I was doing!!!!

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