Your find actually returns all the records, but only 25 at a time may displayed in list view on your browser. You can still use the book control in the status area to see all the records, but only 25 at a time are downloaded to your browser.
I use a next page Calculation in Go to Record/Request/Page on a button like this:
Get ( RecordNumber ) + 25
Or last pages is the same except it is - 25.
You can also add Go to First Record and Go to Last Record.
I suspect the limit of 25 records displayed at a time is to prevent performance issues. If the server needs to render big html pages for a lot of users simultaniously, the performance of the server and browsers might be affected detremental. I would suggest to leave that setting as is, if you can change it anyway.
With sorting and the functions IT_User describes you may accomplish a lot.
Overcoming such limits are likely more possible with CWP (Custom Web Publishing)
There are white papers there with regard to using PHP and other internet technologies with FMP.
IWP is a more canned set of functions that can be enabled "instantly" from filemaker directly and therefore as Narcan suggests are designed to not adversely effect performance of the database itself.
thank you all for your answers.
i disabled the status area for the websearch (way to messy and complicated for the avg user), so i'll try IT_USER's suggestion when i'm back in the office next tuesday and report back...
i guess too that this 25rec limit has been set to protect the server from choking. but it should be a parameter that can be modified...ideally even by the user, analogous to search sites where you can define whether the page displays 10, 20, 50, 100 search results - nothing more annoying than producing unnecessary page calls for the user.
in hindsight i wonder wether i should have gone PHP, the IWP has some very big limitations. but i need to deliver and i can't afford scraping the work done so far... quick and dirty is all that time allows...as usual (sigh)
ok! IT_user's solution works like a charm.