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    Search tags - Exact phrase?

    In a separate thread I'll promote the use of search tags.

    Right now I've noticed what appears to be an inconsistency. If you go look <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=wrd&Number=33846&page=0&vie w=collapsed&sb=5>here</A> you'll find a message just posted in Word.

    My plan was to drop in the search tags around "blank page" so that readers could click on it and implement a search for "blank page", just as if they had clicked on the Search button up top of the screen.

    It doesn't work the way I'd thought.

    The Search button gives me a default search mode of "entire phrase", whereas the search tags appear to give a default search of "any one of the words".


    I'm leaving the post as is; it will be confusing for the next few days, because if readers click on the tags "blank page" they'll get gazillions of hits, instead of the one or two I had intended. But you'll want to go see what I'm talking about, right?



    If the search tag behaviour can be changed, I'd vote for "entire phrase" as the scheme, because it is the default and we are used to it. Failing that I think that "all words" would be better than "any words".



    And now to my post promoting search tags .....

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    Re: Search tags - Exact phrase?

    Have a look at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/w3thelp/help_17.html>Help 17</A>
    for a description of the Search Tag:

    [ search] Opera Beonex [/search] = Searches for the given text.
    (It defaults to all forums and all posts using OR match.
    Also allows you to do AND or PHRASE searches using:
    [ search]figures+document[/search] and [ search]"Zone Alarm"[/search])
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    Re: Search tags - Exact phrase?

    Thank you, Eileen.

    I read the help files on day 1 and told myself I should re-read them after a month, when they would make more sense. Now is a good time for me to read tham ALL again, not just the 17.



    And whoop-de-dooh continues for search tags! Powerful stuff.

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    Re: Search tags - Exact phrase?

    That hack came from Alex at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://Gossamer-threads.com>http://Gossamer-threads.com</A> (the Links people) - he knows his stuff!
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    Re: Search tags - Exact phrase?

    Perhaps a link <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.looflirpa.com/Q209354b.htm>here</A> might be appropriate <img src=/S/devil.gif border=0 alt=devil width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Search tags - Exact phrase?

    Only if you have too much thyme on your hands (hah hah!)

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