On Tue, 11 Aug 1998, Paul J. Lucas wrote:
> And I don't see why a one line instruction such as:
> Use * after a word for wildcards, e.g.
> "librar*" to match any one of "library,"
> "librarian, " or "libraries."
> isn't understandable even by Joe Sixpack.
If you make stemming optional an *index* time, then the user
doesn't have a choice and I don't like that. If the *search*
component is capable of either stemming or not, then you need
to add a checkbox to your HTML search form:
[_] Perform stemming
but then you have to explain what stemming is. My point is
that either you explain how to use wildcards as I did above
-or- you have to explain what stemming is and give the user the
ability to turn it off.
Moral: there's no such thing as a free lunch.
Received on Tue Aug 11 16:13:51 1998