The response currently comes in two formats:

  • JSON
  • XML

Both response formats contain the same major fields, which include:

  • sessionId - the session ID for the current request
  • elapsedQueryTime - the time spent waiting for the query to return from the search engine
  • queryTime - the time the search engine spent processing the query
  • totalRequestTime - the total time taken to process the request, including time to format the results
  • pageCount - the total number of available pages for the current query
  • didYouMeanSuggestions - suggestions for spelling corrections including the term being corrected and its suggested replacement
  • recommendationLists - recommendations for databases and best bets that arebased on the user's input
  • documents - the meta documents themselves
  • errors - any server, client or end-user errors
  • facetFields - counts for any facet fields requested
  • query - a parsed format of the query submitted after commands are applied
  • rangeFacetFields - counts for any range facet fields requested

For more specific information on each field, see didYouMeanSuggestions, recommendationLists, documents, errors, facetFields, query and rangeFacetFields.

XML Format

In the XML format, the root element is response. All simple types are stored as attributes, and only complex types are stored as nested elements. Lists of elements are stored under a nested element unless the containing element only has one list. For example, the query element contains nested elements for textQueries, searchTerms, textFilters, rangeFilters, facetValueFilters, facetValueGroupFilters, facetFields, rangeFacetFields, sort and params, because the query element contains more than one list. The rangeFacetField, on the other hand, does not have a nested element for ranges, because ranges is the only list on rangeFacetField. Each range element is stored directly on the rangeFacetField.

Example - An XML result snippet

      <range minValue="1981" maxValue="1990"/>
      <range minValue="1991" maxValue="2000"/>

JSON Format

In the JSON format, the object itself is the root. Extra nesting is avoided where possible. Objects inside arrays do not have an extra level of wrapping containing the object name. Numbers and Booleans are stored as their appropriate JavaScript types.

Example - A JSON result snippet