[xsl] MarkMail now archiving xsl-list

Subject: [xsl] MarkMail now archiving xsl-list
From: Jason Hunter <jhunter@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 18:38:20 -0800
For the last few months I've been working on a new project at Mark Logic: a web site for interacting with email archives. It makes heavy use of XML and XQuery. Each email is stored internally as an XML document, and all searches, faceted navigation, analytic calculations, and HTML page renderings are performed in XQuery on a single MarkLogic Server machine.

We launched the site about three weeks ago. For launch we loaded all the public emails from the Apache Software Foundation. That's about 500 lists and 4,000,000 messages. We've now started adding other lists, and we loaded xsl-list this week:


We also loaded a few others:


You can search across all 4.5M emails via the home page:


As you'll see with the chart, one of our goals with the site has been to focus heavily on analytics. We have lots of graphs and counts. Every query you write gets its own histogram chart.


Another goal has been interactivity. Every search result screen gives you lots of ways to refine your search (by sender, list, attachment type, etc). Plus we did a lot with keyboard shortcuts. You can hit "n" and "p" to move to the next and previous result and "j" and "k" to move up and down the thread view. There's a lot of little things like this. Plus if your result message includes Office or PDF files they're in-line interactive too.


(Click on the attachment name to view it without leaving your browser.)

The subdomain you use implicitly limits the messages you search. Thus http://xsl-list.markmail.org searches only lists with "xsl-list" in their name (a single list).

You can search all Apache lists at http://apache.markmail.org, all Apache Axis lists at http://axis.markmail.org, or across all lists at http://markmail.org. You can always limit your search view using "list:axis" in your query, but using the domain handles that a bit more elegantly.

I hope you all find this useful!

Notes on using the site:

* Search using keywords as well as from:, subject:, extension:, and list: constraints

* The GUI doesn't yet expose it, but you can negate any search item, like -subject:soap

* You can sort results by date by adding order:date-forward or order:date-backward to your query

* Remember to use "n" and "p" keyboard shortcuts to navigate the search results

* You're going to want JavaScript enabled


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