[Koha] Removing Boolean searching from OPAC.

Raymund Delahunty r.delahunty at arts.ac.uk
Tue Jun 7 02:06:46 NZST 2016

Has anyone edited server files to change the way OPAC searches work, to remove the default use of Boolean? We are on 3.20 and in the quick search box Boolean operators are recognised, and in the case of AND are assumed between individual words. For example, a search of our OPAC at https://libsearch.arts.ac.uk for (leaving the asterisk delimiters out): *** On not knowing how artists think  Elizabeth Fisher *** produced  almost 70,000 as we are actually search on only the first word (On, with the six words after NOT being thrown away). Apparently, to disable Boolean searching we need to add double quotes round the search, to treat each word as an individual keyword. We don't see the use of quotes as ideal, and certainly not intuitive. One of the conference attendees I met at KohaCon 2016 in Thessaloniki last week suggested this Boolean default option should be removable, but he did urge caution as the change might not be the easiest to make, and would need a good understanding of how the search functionality operates. Has anyone already done this Boolean-removal, and can share with us how the work was done so we can have our support company consider making the change?

Ray Delahunty
University of the Arts London


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