The search loops and tags

SPIP is equipped with its own integrated internal search engine. It will therefore be necessary to construct a page to display the results of searches made by site visitors.

The search interface

In order to display the search form, you only need to insert the following tag:


By default, the form sends the requests to the spip.php?page=recherche page; so you will therefore need to create a recherche.html template file in order to display the results.

You can use another results page instead if you wish, which requires that you use tag with the following alternative syntax:


where xxx is the page that you would like to direct the site visitor to, and xxx.html is that page’s corresponding template.

The results template file

The loops used for display the search results have, in fact, already been well described in the documentation here: ARTICLES, SECTIONS, NEWS ITEMS and the FORUMS. You can actually run searches on not only the articles, but also the sections, the news items and forum contents.

-  The only difference compared to what is documented in the loops reference manual, is the choice of the selection criteria, which must be {recherche}. The other display criteria and the tags usable inside the loops remain unchanged.

-  However, in order to rank the results by their relevancy to the search criteria, it is recommended to prefer using the new display criteria: {par points}. The results are generally displayed in decreasing order of their scores ({par points}{inverse}), i.e. with the most relevant shown first.

-  And finally, there is now also the #POINTS tag, which displays the relevancy of the results (warning, shown in its raw numerical format, it is not of itself terribly informative, as it is primarily used only for sorting the results).

-  The #RECHERCHE tag displays the query as formulated by the site visitor.

An example of a completed loop:

<h1><:resultats_recherche:>[ (#RECHERCHE)]</h1>

	<BOUCLE_articles(ARTICLES) {recherche} {par points}{inverse}>
	<li>#POINTS <a href="#URL_ARTICLE">#TITRE</a></li>

Highlighting the query in other pages

SPIP offers an option to underline the request within the pages, it must be activated by adding the following lines to the my_options.php file


To take advantage of highlighting the search terms right from the first display page (e.g. in the case where the search does not return the recherche.html) page, add this code into the mes_options.php file:

if (isset($_REQUEST['recherche'])) {
  $_GET['var_recherche'] = $_REQUEST['recherche'];

Making the search terms stand out this way is done by using the jquery function library.

-  If the recherche variable is included in the URL, it is first cleaned to avoid any injection attacks, and then, if the search keyword is found directly inside a block tagged as class="surlignable" (or in a descendant block of a class="surlignable" block), it will be displayed as a highlight within a <span class="spip_surligne">.../span> block.
-  If it is found directly inside a class="pas_surlignable" block (or in a descendant block of a class="pas_surlignable") block, it is displayed normally as (nohighlight).
-  The visual appearance of the highlighting can be changed by modifying the style definition for .spip_surligne (see: "Modifier l’habillage graphique").

Author George, Mark Published : Updated : 20/04/23

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