Azure Search

Azure Search is a search-as-a-service solution that allows developers to incorporate a sophisticated search experience into web and mobile applications without having to worry about the complexities of full-text search and without having to deploy, maintain or manage any infrastructure

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  1. Implement other highlighters

    Right now only Postings highlighter is implemented, which highlights single terms instead of full phrase query. Would be good to have other highlighters.
    As said here : https://stackoverflow.com/questions/42411353/azure-search-highlights-for-phrases-with-double-quotes

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      0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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      • Add support for inheritance ($type)

        Sometimes we have inheritance in our database tables. In my case, I have inheritance mapped to a table using EF Code First, and the table contains a generated column, [Discriminator], that tells the EF which type should be activated when fetching the entity.

        There should be a way for Azure Search (a field transformation function maybe) to map discriminators in the database to fully qualified non-searchable $type fields in the indexes, in order for the SDK to be able to deserialize the types correctly using the TypeNameHandling setting of the Json.net serializer.

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          0 comments  ·  Data Types  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Custom meta data in static html is not being indexed

          Hi,
          I have nearly 500 static html files. all of them have different custom metadata tags like <title>, <description>,<region>, <locale>, <formname> etc.. I have uploaded the static htmls in to ablob and indexed the blob, as per azure documentation.
          I was successful in searching the index fields <title> & < description> with relevant content, but for other fields like < region>, <locale>, <formname> it is shown as null.
          I have gone through Azure search documentation extensively. I found that it was ready to map Conten-type specific (HTML) metadata tags, shown in the article

          https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/search/search-howto-indexing-azure-blob-storage#indexing-documents-along-with-related-data

          But could not get appropriate information…

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          • Provide Azure Search in Australia-Southeast to allow for high availability

            Hi,

            I would like to use azure search for a variety of applications, however my clients require high availability and data sovereignty above all else.

            SLA's of 99.9% are not acceptable and in order to use Azure Search I would have to deploy to two regions to ensure high availability.
            Unfortunately Azure Search is only available in Australia East.

            Making Azure search available in multiple australia regions would open up opportunities for us to utilise azure search.

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              0 comments  ·  Internationalization  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Ignore thumbnails when indexing word documents

              Word supports saving documents with a thumbnail which contains the text content from the first page. When Azure Search indexes documents, it also indexes their embedded documents. Generally speaking this is useful behaviour, but in this case it leads to content duplication of the first page.

              We cannot control documents provided by users so Azure Search should handle this and ignore thumbnails when indexing Word Documents.

              23 votes
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              • 2 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Enterprise  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support more delimiters when indexing CSV blobs

                  When indexing CSV blobs with Azure Search blob indexer, please add support for delimiters other than ",". We have many blobs that use | and \t as delimiters.

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                    0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Rest end point indexing capability like voyager search engine, that would be helpful otherwise we would have duplicate data in azure

                    Rest endpoint indexing capability like voyager search engine, that would be helpful otherwise we would have duplicate data in azure

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                    • Provide method for escaping characters in the search string like UrlEscape

                      Special characters must be escaped to be used as part of the search text. You can escape them by prefixing them with backslash (\). Special characters that need to be escaped include the following:
                      + - && || ! ( ) { } [ ] ^ " ~ * ? : \ /
                      Is there a built in method, basically the equivalent of UrlEscape, which can do this, or is every developer actually expected to do their own implementation?

                      9 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                          0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Indexers convert uniqueidentifier to lower case

                          Indexers convert uniqueidentifier to lower case which should not happen.

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                            0 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Ability to iterate over all documents in an index

                            Other search engines have the ability to examine the contents of an index by simply iterating over the document collection. This is extremely use for maintenance operations like reconciling the contents of the index to records in a database. It is quite easy for records to be left behind in the index which no longer have relevance. The only way to accomplish this now is by searching and paging through the results. My current index has over 100,000 entries which is the limitation of the Skip directive. The recommended workaround is to filter the data on another field, however this…

                            6 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Random Scoring

                              See here https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/guide/current/random-scoring.html
                              This has come up in the past on SO by other users as well.

                              3 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Scoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Expose Content as searchable field even in structured (JSON) data

                                If I want to index JSON files I can either full text search using parsingMode TEXT or I can index fields using fieldMappings.

                                Why not make both available? That way a user can get a fast search using an indexeg field (like a Product number), or a slower one using the file content (like Product description).

                                8 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Enabled indexing of gzip compressed blobs

                                  https://stackoverflow.com/questions/46245505/indexing-gzipped-blobs-in-azure-search

                                  I am trying to setup Azure Search over Azure Blob. The json blobs are compressed using gzip.

                                  When I try to index the blobs as-is, I get the exception :

                                  "Error detecting index schema from data source: "Error processing blob https://mystorageaccount.blob.core.windows.net/mycontainer/urlencodedname with content type ''. Status:UnsupportedMediaType, error:""

                                  Looks like Azure Search blob indexer does support indexing ZIP archives (application/zip MIME type), but not gzip-compressed files.

                                  3 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Crawlers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Batch document search

                                    It would be great if you could send a batch of search requests to the Azure Search, which could potentially lower the QPS count and mitigate network latency problems

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                                      0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support multi point Edm.GeographyPoint search

                                      It would be great if you could sort by nearest where documents could have an array of Edm.GeographyPoints.
                                      We are currently duplicating documents for every different Edm.GeographyPoint.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Query - Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Provide indexed timestamp on each document

                                        Like '@search.score' property, it would be good to provide '@search.indextime' as indexed timestamp.
                                        This is useful when we compare documents lifecycle from recorded to utilized moments.

                                        And also, it could be helpful if AzSearch implements time-to-live data as followed by this suggestion; https://feedback.azure.com/forums/263029-azure-search/suggestions/6328648-time-to-live-for-data

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                                          0 comments  ·  Indexing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Document Level Security Trimming

                                          An Index contains data from a source (Blob Store, SQL DB, DocumentDB, say DropBox one day?). Different sources may have different and detailed security on each document.

                                          We index these sources normally as a 'super-user' of some kind so the index may contain information from any indexed doc (like 'the bosses salary').

                                          At index query time of course the original document source is not available. It should be possible though to allow one or more 'roles' to be added to each document as it is indexed and to specify roles in the Search query.

                                          In this way a middleware search…

                                          21 votes
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                                            3 comments  ·  Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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