Re: Search options for local documentation sets

Subject: Re: Search options for local documentation sets
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: Lois Patterson <loisrpatterson -at- gmail -dot- com>, techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:19:15 -0700

What was wrong with the Google Search Appliance?

On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 1:59 PM, Lois Patterson
<loisrpatterson -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> Thanks Robert.
>
> Perhaps there's a way to do Google search locally, but this link seems to
> refer to Google search on a website.
>
> I had previously heard of the Google Search Appliance for local search, but
> that did not seem to be the right solution for us.
>
> Lois
>
> On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 1:11 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
> wrote:
>>
>> You can use Google internally:
>>
>> https://www.google.com/work/search/products/gss.html
>>
>> The web help I'm currently using (generated by Scroll HTML Exporter)
>> uses jquery. It's as good as I've seen in any online help system, fast
>> and accurate. I don't know what they use to generate the index, could
>> probably figure that out from looking at the Confluence application
>> directory.
>>
>> On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 12:47 PM, Lois Patterson
>> <loisrpatterson -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
>> > I know that if you have your product documentation online, Google does a
>> > great deal of the work when it comes to search. In addition, it's
>> > relatively straightforward to implement solutions like elasticsearch. I
>> > understand the benefits of public, online documentation for
>> > searchability.
>> >
>> > However, I need a solution for local documentation. The infrastructure
>> > required to set up something like elasticsearch for a local doc system
>> > (essentially comprised of HTML files) seems excessive. But the search
>> > provided out of the box by sphinx is not satisfactory.
>> >
>> > If you are delivering local documentation, what are you using for
>> > high-quality search?
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