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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000227633D
Publication Date: 2013-May-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method applied to an e-commerce platform framework, implemented at the search level, which allows a business user to view non-approved changes on top of the approved content, but without the burden of synchronizing the entire search index. The novel contribution of the invention is to use an overlay concept with the search index.

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Search index overlay

An e-commerce platform framework uses a search index as a data repository for presenting a catalog for an online storefront. Shoppers can make use of the search engine to search and browse the catalog with minimal interaction with the database on the production runtime environment. However, the database is still used as a data store for the authoring environment where a business user can make interim changes to the catalog and be able to preview these non-approved changes before publishing. Because the preview needs to be done at the storefront, but there is only one copy of the search index, the preview is only limited to viewing approved content. This restriction really defeats the purpose of the authoring environment

where non-approved changes can be previewed before approval.

One quick and easy solution is to duplicate the production version (a.k.a., approved content) of the search index and use this in each authoring environment (a.k.a.,

workspace). Changes can be made directly into this private copy, but synchronization with the approved content and other workspaces is a challenge and is very costly - synchronization is going to take much longer as the size of the catalog grows. Therefore, it is mandatory to provide a solution at the search index level so that non-approved changes can be viewed on top of the approved content but without the burden of synchronizing the entire search index.

The novel contribution of the invention is to u...