These are some of the plans that we have for the software in the near and far future, ordered approximately as we expect to work on them.
Improved support for XML in search and retrieval. Eventually, the goal is for Zebra to pull double duty as a flexible information retrieval engine and high-performance XML repository.
### Partially done.
Access to search engine through SOAP/RPC API to allow the construction of applications without requiring Z39.50 tools.
### Partially done, thanks to the new SRW/Z39.50 gateway.
Finalisation and documentation of Zebra's C programming API, allowing updates, database management and other functions not readily expressed in Z39.50. We will also consider exposing the API through SOAP.
Improved free-text searching. We're first and foremost octet jockeys and we're actively looking for organisations or people who'd like to contribute experience in relevance ranking and text searching.
Programmers thrive on user feedback. If you are interested in a facility that you don't see mentioned here, or if there's something you think we could do better, please drop us a mail. Better still, implement it and send us the patches.
If you think it's all really neat, you're welcome to drop us a line saying that, too. You can email us on <firstname.lastname@example.org> or check the contact info at the end of this manual.