Thank you very much for your interest in the PTR, which, for a major part,
was inspired by your valuable and auspicious work like CSCD!
We are close to release a first BETA version in a couple of weeks. This
first BETA version will include an offline and online version. The online
version will only consist of the Pali Text Reader and embedded dictionary,
accessing the books online via a custom website (tipitaka.nibbanam.com).
This online version will be based on the same idea as you mentioned: there
will be no need to download the texts - navigation, dictionary, etc.
however, will be accessible through the software, making the actual downloa=
package a small 4 MB download. (While the "extended" BETA version will
include the canon for offline browsing ~ 70 MB).
Now to your question: indeed, one of our next steps was to create an ONLINE
search implemented as a webservice. Right now, it is only possible for user=
with the entire "extended" package to do a full text search.
Therefore, your requests comes at the right time. It would be a great honor
to support you in implementing / supporting you to develop such an online
search service, which could be used via webbrowser or other external
programs (consuming kind of a webservice, as you may know from google or
At the moment, we use a Boyer-Moore search algorithm to do a very fast full
text search on the user's desktop,scanning all pali text files for results.
We did experiment with "Lucene" which is a famous open source full text
seach library, but it did not provide the necessary results (no number of
search results per book, for instance, difficulty with unicode files)
If you consider implementing an online search, you may want to dump the pal=
text files into a database and set up a dynamic website (with ASP.NET or
JSP) to access the database and return the results of a fast full text scan
done by the database.
You could also set up a search engine like Lucene which accesses an index
loaded into a server's memory - which is VERY fast. (see
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/search.html, they have done somthing in this
direction, i think)
In any case, it would be a great idea, if your search service could be
accessible from tools like the Pali Text Reader or others.
If you have any further questions, never hesitate to contact me, just post
an e-mail. I hope that this information was helpful,
with much mett=E2,
On 8/26/06, VRI India <vriindia@...> wrote:
> Hello Mr Lennart Lopin
> For your information, the VRI has now put up the CSCD online at
> http://www.tipitaka.org and http://www.tipitaka.org/unicode
> We are now trying to provide a search facility for website similar or
> better than what is currently available on the CSCD. We did take a look =
> your Pali text reader software which looks very good. However as the
> database was not downloaded, we could not actually test out the program.
> Is there any way your software could be tweaked so that it searches the
> site? Ideally we would like to have an online faciltiy where the user can
> search online rather than download any software. Can you help us in any w=
> in this project? In case some work has already been done on this, it woul=
> save us the time and effort
> With best regards
> Site Dhamma Server
> Vipassana Research Institute
> Dhamma Giri, Igatpuri, India