> Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2003 15:38:37 +0100
> From: Robert Sanderson <[log in to unmask]>
> Request is for a search on author, xPathed to retrive the first
> paragraph. One record doesn't have any paragraphs, it's just
> metadata. Currently you'd get back a diagnostic saying 'xpath is
> invalid for this record'. But the record is still there, the server
> knows about it, but the client has no way to know how to get to it.
> Even if we don't include any data from the record, we should at
> least (IMO) allow an identifier for the record so the client can
> uniquely retrieve it and do its own processing if it wants to.
> In fact this is probably enough, then the client can retrieve the
> record itself using whatever record schema it finds most useful
> rather than the server trying to guess what fields the client will
Yes, this makes sense.
> In Z, this isn't necessary as result sets are mandatory. In SRW/SRU
> they're not.
... a mistake about which I shall refrain from whinging on this
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