I have just finished adding a new feature to the topographic part of the MQL query language.
Hitherto, the only relation one could specify for containment between an inner object block and the outer container was “part_of”, and it was always relative to the containing substrate.
In plain English, that meant that the inner object’s monad set had to be a subset of the outer object’s monad set, or (if the inner block was at the outermost level), it must be a subset given in the IN clause after SELECT ALL OBJECTS.
Now, you can specify these four relations:
- part_of(substrate) // The default
- part_of(universe) // To disregard gaps in the substrate
The overlap relation means: The inner object must have a non-empty intersection (i.e., share at least one monad with) the outer substrate or universe.
This makes it possible to specify things like this:
SELECT ALL OBJECTS IN Aramaic_monads // Pre-defined monad set WHERE // This means that we want all clauses which share at least one monad // with the Aramaic_monads monad set [Clause overlap(substrate) // This finds all phrases inside the left and right boundaries of // the outer clause, regardless of any gaps in the clause. [Phrase part_of(universe) ] ]
This will appear in the next public release after 3.2.0.
If anyone is interested in trying this out, please let me know.