## Explain element maxTerms

*Issue raised by:* Maria Bruna Baldacci 15 Feb 1996

*Synopsis:*
What is the meaning of the Explain element "maxTerms",
defined as "The maximum number of terms supported in one
search request".

*Response:*
This is somewhat subject to target interpretation. It could
mean the maximum number of operands in the search, or
operands of the form "attributesPlusTerm". Or there is
another possibility:

Consider the example where result set A is the result of the
search "cat" AND "dog"; and result set B is the result of
the search (Result set A) AND "moon". The latter search has
only one "Term", it has two "Operand"s, and all together the
search involves three terms.

*Status:* Approved (10/96)

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(10/18/96)