[sword-devel] Important things!
Thu, 05 Oct 2000 23:02:00 -0700
> > Don't be afraid of the direction we are going with search. I'll try to
> > ease your conscience:
> > o There are many people who have expression the desire to search in
> > MANY different ways.
>But we shouldn't confuse them if we offer the different options. GUIs have to
>be simple, powerful and easy to use!
Sometimes I like to search for whole words only. Other times I like to
search by substrings of words. But I don't like having to remember what the
wild card symbols are, or having to enter them. Is it * or . or ?. Can I
use # or _? I prefer a toggle or a separate text box to enter them. I also
don't like trying to remember if it is AND or + or &, or OR or |, or NOT or
~ or - or !. I jump around between a lot of programs and web sites and
can't remember which uses what symbol. I find that well structured forms
with lots of options work best for me. If I get frustrated by a search
method I probably won't use that software much. But different people are
frustrated by different formats than that which frustrates me. Why not
support more than one? At least in the engine.