Company background

Martin County is one of 67 counties in Florida and was established by an Act of the Florida Legislature in 1925. It was named for John W. Martin, Governor of Florida from 1925 to 1929.  Martin County has some of Florida’s most beautiful coastline and local attractions include the beaches, waterways and biodiverse ecosystem. In addition to providing essential public records and documents, the Martin County government site also lets residents get news about their communities and connect with social media on the site.

Project overview

The state of Florida has a policy of open government which allows Floridians free access to public records and documents. This is a great way to bring transparency to the inner workings of Florida’s government agencies. 

Promet Source was faced with the challenge of building a highly useable and accessible Drupal site that also made thousands of PDF files searchable within the site. Combine a massive volume of data with the particulars of Martin County’s user stories: users need to see accurate search results for specific synonyms within the vast library. Another wrinkle to the equation was introduced by the hosting setup for Martin County, a cloud instance which didn’t allow Javascript. 

Promet Source implemented a PDF document parser with Apache Tika. A single instance of Solr on the web head server delivers speedy results, while swapping Solr’s default query configuration for indexed phrases and other stored content to deliver highly accurate results for searches containing phrases. The indexed content is then displayed to the end user on the Drupal site.  

The end result is a comprehensive search functionality that quickly delivers accurate results from three different sources, while providing all users with a flawless experience, no matter their web accessibility challenges.

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