updated 12/30/01There has been some discussion recently about the difficulty of searching our now-huge DMCNEWS archive and tech section. The current search engine is the default MS Front-page search utility, which is somewhat arcane to use and not very well-featured. BUT - there is a very neat alternative that I have recently discovered..
An added benefit of Google is that as people perform searches, it
"learns" what links get followed the most and raises their priority in
future searches. This would be very difficult to duplicate in a server-based
search engine. The more we use this, the better it will work!
I have no affiliation with Google, I just know a very cool product when I see it.
Google keeps a locally cached copy of all the files searched, and if you click on the "cached files" link when you get your results, the "words found" are brightly highlighted.
Here's a handy link. If you want the really advanced stuff go directly to the www.Google.com site and hit "advance search" It brings up a screen where you can set some search limitations. Tell it to search only the domain dmcnews.com. In the area where you enter what you are looking for, you can tell it to look for exact phrases or words.
Older search utilites
Since I split the web for administrative purposes, this gets a little more complicated. You have to search the archive (backissues) separately from the rest of the site. Neither will search the for-sale sections. These are very basic MS FrontPage search utilities.
Click Here to Search the BACKISSUES Archive
Search the rest of DMCNews below.
The main search engine is part of the server. Use this search engine to search the DMC-News site, including the Technical Section..
Use the form below to search for documents in dmcnews.com containing specific words or combinations of words. The text search engine will display a weighted list of matching documents, with better matches shown first. Each list item is a link to a matching document; if the document has a title it will be shown, otherwise only the document's file name is displayed. A brief explanation of the query language is available, along with examples.
The text search engine allows queries to be formed from arbitrary Boolean expressions containing the keywords AND, OR, and NOT, and grouped with parentheses. For example:
- information retrieval
- finds documents containing 'information' or 'retrieval'
- information or retrieval
- same as above
- information and retrieval
- finds documents containing both 'information' and 'retrieval'
- information not retrieval
- finds documents containing 'information' but not 'retrieval'
- (information not retrieval) and WAIS
- finds documents containing 'WAIS', plus 'information' but not 'retrieval'
- web*finds documents containing words starting with 'web'
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