SearchTemplate Document Count

One thing you loose when using a $$SearchTemplate to format ?SearchView queries is the "x documents found" notation before the document list. Using Javascript, we can return that information and using the <div> tag we can place it where we want to.
This example has been tested using MSIE 5.0

Using a $$SearchTemplateDefault, place the $$ViewBody field positioned a bit down the page. Below this as HTML include the following:

<DIV style="top:100; left:50; position: absolute; ">
<script>document.write('Your search returned ')</script>
<script>document.write((document.links.length - 3))</script>
<script>document.write(' documents. ')</script></DIV>

The <DIV> tag positions the text "Your search returned x documents." ABOVE the documents returned (which is more readable if a long list of documents is returned). The actual code needs to be below the $$ViewBody so as to be able to count all of the documents (as links).

In this example, I have three hyperlinks used for navigation on the page. By subtracting 3 from the document.links.length value, I return the correct number of documents.

We can also enhance the text by using the QUERY_STRING to display the searched-for text or use an "if" statement to display "document" instead of "documents" if only one document is returned.

The <div> tag is also useful for positioning elements (such as graphics) flush with the left/top instead of using the HTMLHead to set margin values for the entire page which can cause headaches for text display.

This was first published in January 2001

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