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 WWW::Search::AltaVista - class for searching Alta Vista


NAME

WWW::Search::AltaVista - class for searching Alta Vista


SUPPORTED PLATFORMS

  • Windows
This module is not included with the standard ActivePerl distribution. It is available as a separate download using PPM.

SYNOPSIS

    require WWW::Search;
    $search = new WWW::Search('AltaVista');


DESCRIPTION

This class is an AltaVista specialization of WWW::Search. It handles making and interpreting AltaVista searches http://www.altavista.com.

This class exports no public interface; all interaction should be done through WWW::Search objects.


OPTIONS

The default is for simple web queries. Specialized back-ends for simple and advanced web and news searches are available (see the WWW::Search::AltaVista::Web manpage, the WWW::Search::AltaVista::AdvancedWeb manpage, the WWW::Search::AltaVista::News manpage, the WWW::Search::AltaVista::AdvancedNews manpage). These back-ends set different combinations following options.

search_url=URL
Specifies who to query with the AltaVista protocol. The default is at http://www.altavista.com/cgi-bin/query; you may wish to retarget it to http://www.altavista.telia.com/cgi-bin/query or other hosts if you think that they're ``closer''.

search_debug, search_parse_debug, search_ref Specified at the WWW::Search manpage.
pg=aq
Do advanced queries. (It defaults to simple queries.)

what=news
Search Usenet instead of the web. (It defaults to search the web.)


SEE ALSO

To make new back-ends, see the WWW::Search manpage, or the specialized AltaVista searches described in options.


HOW DOES IT WORK?

native_setup_search is called before we do anything. It initializes our private variables (which all begin with underscores) and sets up a URL to the first results page in {_next_url}.

native_retrieve_some is called (from WWW::Search::retrieve_some) whenever more hits are needed. It calls the LWP library to fetch the page specified by {_next_url}. It parses this page, appending any search hits it finds to {cache}. If it finds a ``next'' button in the text, it sets {_next_url} to point to the page for the next set of results, otherwise it sets it to undef to indicate we're done.


AUTHOR and CURRENT VERSION

WWW::Search::AltaVista is written and maintained by John Heidemann, <johnh@isi.edu>.

The best place to obtain WWW::Search::AltaVista is from Martin Thurn's WWW::Search releases on CPAN. Because AltaVista sometimes changes its format in between his releases, sometimes more up-to-date versions can be found at http://www.isi.edu/~johnh/SOFTWARE/WWW_SEARCH_ALTAVISTA/index.html.


COPYRIGHT

Copyright (c) 1996-1998 University of Southern California. All rights reserved.


Redistribution and use in source and binary forms are permitted
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University may not be used to endorse or promote products derived from
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THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED ``AS IS'' AND WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

 WWW::Search::AltaVista - class for searching Alta Vista