QHelpSearchEngine

The QHelpSearchEngine class provides access to widgets reusable to integrate fulltext search as well as to index and search documentation. More

Inheritance diagram of PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchEngine

Synopsis

Functions

Detailed Description

Before the search engine can be used, one has to instantiate at least a QHelpEngineCore object that needs to be passed to the search engines constructor. This is required as the search engine needs to be connected to the help engines setupFinished() signal to know when it can start to index documentation.

After starting the indexing process the signal is emitted and on the end of the indexing process the is emitted. To stop the indexing one can call cancelIndexing() .

When the indexing process has finished, the search engine can be used to search through the index for a given term using the search() function. When the search input is passed to the search engine, the signal is emitted. When the search finishes, the signal is emitted. The search process can be stopped by calling cancelSearching() .

If the search succeeds, is called with the search result count to fetch the search results from the search engine. Calling the searchResults() function with a range returns a list of QHelpSearchResult objects within the range. The results consist of the document title and URL, as well as a snippet from the document that contains the best match for the search input.

To display the given search results use the QHelpSearchResultWidget or build up your own one if you need more advanced functionality. Note that the QHelpSearchResultWidget can not be instantiated directly, you must retrieve the widget from the search engine in use as all connections will be established for you by the widget itself.

class PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchEngine(helpEngine[, parent=None])
Parameters

Constructs a new search engine with the given parent. The search engine uses the given helpEngine to access the documentation that needs to be indexed. The QHelpEngine ‘s setupFinished() signal is automatically connected to the QHelpSearchEngine ‘s indexing function, so that new documentation will be indexed after the signal is emitted.

PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchEngine.cancelIndexing()

Stops the indexing process.

PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchEngine.cancelSearching()

Stops the search process.

PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchEngine.hitCount()
Return type

int

Note

This function is deprecated.

Use searchResultCount() instead.

PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchEngine.hitsCount()
Return type

int

Note

This function is deprecated.

Use searchResultCount() instead.

PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchEngine.indexingFinished()
PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchEngine.indexingStarted()
PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchEngine.query()
Return type

Note

This function is deprecated.

Use searchInput() instead.

PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchEngine.queryWidget()
Return type

PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchQueryWidget

Returns a widget to use as input widget. Depending on your search engine configuration you will get a different widget with more or less subwidgets.

PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchEngine.reindexDocumentation()

Forces the search engine to reindex all documentation files.

PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchEngine.resultWidget()
Return type

PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchResultWidget

Returns a widget that can hold and display the search results.

PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchEngine.scheduleIndexDocumentation()
PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchEngine.search(queryList)
Parameters

queryList

Note

This function is deprecated.

PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchEngine.search(searchInput)
Parameters

searchInput – str

PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchEngine.searchInput()
Return type

str

Returns the phrase that was last searched for.

PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchEngine.searchResultCount()
Return type

int

Returns the number of results the search engine found.

PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchEngine.searchResults(start, end)
Parameters
  • start – int

  • end – int

Return type

Returns a list of search results within the range from the index specified by start to the index specified by end.

PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchEngine.searchingFinished(searchResultCount)
Parameters

searchResultCount – int

PySide6.QtHelp.QHelpSearchEngine.searchingStarted()