Note: His reply to my private correspondence was erroneously
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On Sat, 15 May 1999, Rainer Scherg wrote:
> - Using '+' and '-' instead of AND, OR (Should be a simple config
> Altavista-Syntax, etc. is best known to "standard" users. (And not
> everybody is speaking English)
> SEARCH_AND '+' (default: 'And')
> SEARCH_OR ' ' (default 'OR')
> SEARCH_NOT '-' (default: 'NOT')
IMHO, whoever thought of this "standard" syntax should be shot.
My specific annoyances with it are:
1. "or" is the default. If I type MORE words to search on, I
am being MORE specific. "and" should be the default.
2. How would you explain to a user what the difference between
the query string:
is? '+' is not equivalent to 'and'.
Received on Sat May 15 09:23:04 1999