Directories are quickly becoming the primary platform for data organization and retrieval within networking environments. Acting as the front-end for databases and in some cases as limited databases themselves, directories and the services provided for their use and control are now an integral necessity of any client/server information system.
The majority of the interaction between a client and a server within a directory service is the search process. The processing of search results are performed through a variety of functions and controls. The following topics enumerate, explain, and link to the primary search result processing methods through the various functions and controls: