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Searching through the Data Dictionary Wiki for fields, lookups, textual content , etc and more can be done via the Confluence search boxes (as shown below). What follows are some hints/tips to make that process easier.

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Navigation Search Box(es) – Simple Searches

The search boxes on top of the box (near the top left navigation bar and the top menu bar offer basic search functionality. It's best to search whole words, which will search all DD Wiki versions (i.e. 1.5, 1,6, 1.7 etc). Both search boxes act the same way. ) will search for terms only within the current Wiki version that is being displayed (i.e. Wiki v1.7). A powerful Advanced Search bar is available by selecting the search icon to the right of the search box. It's usually best to search on whole words. 

Note: Searching in the Left Panel Search Box with a term like "PropertySubType" while in Wiki 1.7 will only return Wiki 1.7 results.

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Note: The left panel may not be visible depending on the device (i.e., iPhone) or browser.  Example:

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what mobile device you are using. 


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Note: Selecting "See more results..." or tapping the <Enter> key will also bring up the Advanced Search Results page.

Refining Searches from the Navigation Search Box(es)

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Some additional hints and tips on how to do searches within the Data Dictionary Wiki

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are located at Data Dictionary Wiki Search

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Hints.

Below are some of the more common search hints:

Logical AND/OR

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Searching

    • Typing Evaporative Cooling without quotes will bring up all pages with
    • the word '
    • "Evaporative
    • ' OR 'cooling'.
    • " OR "Cooling." The OR is implied.
    • Logical operands must be in UPPER CASE.
    •  
    • Hence, to query pages that have both
    • words '
    • "Evaporative
    • '
    • " and
    • '
    • "Cooling
    • '
    • " must be keyed in as Evaporative AND Cooling.
    • Logical
    • Operands
    • operands include: OR, AND, NOT.

Exact Phrase Searching

    • Exact phrases can be entered within
    • double quotes .. such that 
    • quotations. "Evaporative Cooling" will look for pages that have the exact text
    • '
    • "Evaporative Cooling
    • '
    • ."

Warning

Confluence has some quirks with exact phrases. Such that it It ignores certain common words like 'the, and, a, if' and special characters such as / $, &, /, etc. Worse case is that the user will Users might get a larger return set due to this.

Searching by Data Dictionary Field / Lookup

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Name (e.g., same as Page Title)

    By
  • Searching Entire Page: By default, searching will look at the entire page for a match.
  •   Hence, keying in 'Cooling'
  • Keying in "Cooling" will search
  • not only
  • the Page
  • Title but also anywhere
  • Title and anywhere else on the page.
  • To

  • Searching by Page Title Only: To restrict searching only to the Page Title (e.g., field/lookup name), precede the page title with the text
  • '
  • "title:
  • '
  • " in the search. 
    • Example:
  • To
    •  To search
  • in
    • only for pages having PropertySubType in the title
  • enter:
    • , enter title:PropertySubType
  • Narrow search to a specific Data Dictionary Version(info)
    • .

Advanced Search Results Page

Note: Again, selecting "See more results..." or tapping the <Enter> key will also bring up the Advanced Search Results page (see below).

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Refining Results from the Search Results Page (as shown above)

Confluence refers to DD Wiki versions as Spaces

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. In the Advance Search Results page, searches (by default) will query all versions of the Data Dictionary.

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  • Hence, searching with the term PropertySubType will bring back results from Data Dictionary 1.4 through Data Dictionary 1.7. 


Note: To query a specific version

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in the advanced Search Results page, enter the DD Wiki version number in the IN SPACE field.

    • Data Dictionary 1.4
    • : DDW14
    • (key in 1.4)
    • Data Dictionary 1.5
    • : DDW
    • (key in 1.5)
    • Data Dictionary 1.6
    • : DDW16
    • (key in 1.6)
    • Data Dictionary 1.7
    • : DDW17 Draft: DraftCurrent Dictionary revisions
    • (key in 1.7)
    • Data: Draft (key in Draft); Draft is the Dictionary under consideration by RESO members (accessed by members only)
    • Example: Searching for the word 'PropertyType' anywhere on the page but only within Data Dictionary 1.7, enter the following:
      • spacekey:DDW17 AND PropertyType

Note:

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(2) Search Results Page

After a search request, the user will be displayed a search results page with all possible matches from the requested query.

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(2A) Refining Results from the Search Results Page (as shown above)

The left panel on the Search Results Page affords ways to further fine-tune your search results. Examples:

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  • To search only the Page Title, click on "Add a filter" near the bottom of the page, then select "With title" and enter text only to be found on the Confluence page title.

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Tapping on the (question) will bring up a list of filter and sort

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options.

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Other

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Ways to Search – Use Current .xml and .xlsx

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Files

Confluence search engines are great ways to do some quick searching.  However, detail and precise searching might best be done via downloading download of the most current Data Dictionary Wiki .xml and .xlsx files and search for searching within one of those files.


Page Revision Date: Sep 20  Dec 12 2019