NNTP Full-text Search Extension

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (nntpext WG)
Authors Nat Ballou  , Stephen Waters  , Brian Hernacki 
Last updated 1998-01-16
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This document describes a set of enhancements to the Network News Transport Protocol [NNTP-977] that allows full-text searching of news articles in multiple newsgroups. The proposed SEARCH command supports functionality similar to the [IMAP4] SEARCH command, minus user specific search keys (i.e., ANSWERED, DRAFT, FLAGGED, KEYWORD, NEW, OLD, RECENT, SEEN) and minus search keys based on headers that do not exist in news (i.e., CC, BCC, TO). The availability of the extensions described here will be advertised by the server using the extension negotiation-mechanism described in the new NNTP protocol specification currently being developed [NNTP-NEW].


Nat Ballou (NatBa@Microsoft.com)
Stephen Waters (swater@microsoft.com)
Brian Hernacki (bhern@netscape.com)

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