From: Filippo A. Salustri <salustri@ry...> - 2002-08-29 15:11:16
I really like htdig and would love to be more actively involved in its
development, but not being a C++ person, the best I can do for now is
present a wish list. I hope these are not items that have not already
been addressed one way or another by the htdig development community.
1. An alternative query syntax. Specifically, google's query syntax. I
find that within my environment (engineering education and research),
the google query syntax with the +, -, and site: modifiers is *really*
useful, usable, and quite natural.
2. An ability to insert a filter that is not keyword based between the
actual search and the reply containing the hits, without having to
necessarily write C++ code to add to htsearch itself. EG: I wrap
htsearch in with a CGI that lets users select to only search for, say,
web resources that are digital libraries, but not mailing list
archives. I do this by keeping a separate db of this information, and
then filtering htsearch's results through my own code (in perl) to pull
only the kind of sites the user has requested. If you want to see this
in action, see http://deed.ryerson.ca/cgi-bin/serf/search.
Dunno if any of this makes sense to anyone else. It does to me.
Keep up the good work!
Prof. Filippo A. Salustri, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Industrial Engineering
Ryerson University Tel: 416/979-5000 x7749
350 Victoria St. Fax: 416/979-5265
Toronto, ON email:
M5B 2K3 Canada