This may be obvious to many, but while studying for my MOSS programming exam, I learned that it’s pretty easy to get the actual XML from a search query via the user interface.
One quick method is as follows:
- Access advanced search.
- Perform a search that returns some data.
- Edit the page (via site settings).
- Change the XSL to the following:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">
<xsl:output method="xml" version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" indent="yes"/>
- Hit apply.
- View Source in the browser.
Note that the <pre> tag doesn’t do much except serve as a convenient marker when you view the results.
This trick can be very helpful when working with managed properties and customizing search. It will provide a definitive list of the XML available for you to use in your xslt which would have been very helpful the last 25 times I created some customized search results.
This ought to work for dataviews as well, though I have not tested that out as yet.