[Wasabi Proposal] XML desktop query language
Jos van den Oever
jvdoever at gmail.com
Wed Jan 17 13:17:48 PST 2007
2007/1/17, Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen <mikkel.kamstrup at gmail.com>:
> 2007/1/17, Fabrice Colin <fabrice.colin at gmail.com>:
> > On 1/17/07, Jean-Francois Dockes <jean-francois.dockes at wanadoo.fr> wrote:
> > > Jos van den Oever writes:
> > > > I get the feeling that this is a point on which people will always
> > > > disagree, so I'll just say that my experience is difference. If I
> > > > to look for both 'example' and 'examples', I use example*. You're
> > > > right that since some time Google has enabled stemming, so I have to
> > > > use '+example' quite often when I want to search. So we could vote on
> > > > having it on per default or not.
> > >
> > > Ok, and I see that after checking, and to my surprise, neither Apple
> > > Kit nor MSN Search seem to use stemming, so I guess that we either need
> > > interface to let the user set this kind of preference, or let the
> > > backend use its own default.
> > >
> > I would prefer this to be back-end specific. For stemming to be useful,
> you need
> > to know what the language of the query is. Another can of worms...
> Right. Let's not get lost over stemming issues since it is not a huge deal
> (i'm not saying it is not important).
> Can we agree on the following: Stemming will be assumed to be on, but it is
> not catastrophic if an engine just don't do stemming at all. Engines can
> provide an extension to explicitly turn stemming off. In other words - keep
> things as they are (regarding stemming).
Stemming requires a language too. So I suggest to add the language
code as an attribute to the stemming option. Whether to use stemming
per default: since I've not implemented it, I tend to go with off by
default, but I can live with your formulation fine.
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