Using ZeeRex with SRW
26th February 2004
The commentary for the ZeeRex XML schema describes in detail all
of the differences between describing Z39.50 and SRW. However,
the SRW specific information is summarised below.
First of all, you should skim over the
document before heading into the
about the schema. This commentary contains everything you need to
know about how to use the schema, in a hopefully up to date and easy
to follow fashion.
Assuming that you do not want to know anything about how ZeeRex
works with Z39.50, you can skip sections 5.2 and 6 in the
commentary as they are specific to the older protocol. The
rest, however, is pertinent to SRW.
The differences are:
- The protocol attribute on serverInfo should be
SRW, SRU, or if both are supported at the same
end point SRW/U.
- The transport attribute on serverInfo should
be the protocol to put at the beginning of the URL for the
database's service endpoint. For example http or
https, among others.
- In the serverInfo/database field, the content is the
path section of the URL to the SRW server, without the first
/ and up to the ?. For example
cgi-bin/srw/l5r.cgi rather than the name of the
- In the indexInfo section, the set element is
used to define the short names for context sets.
- Indexes have name elements to describe them, and the
set attribute contains the short name of the context
- The schemaInfo section is used to describe the
schemas supported by the server, including whether they can be
used to sort or retrieve, their short name and their URI
identifier. The recordInfo section is not used.
- The configInfo section has many different types which can be
used. These should be familiar from the rest of the SRW and