Re: Meta info tags (was Re: what finger tags?)

Nick Arnett (
Tue, 13 Sep 1994 17:22:54 -0800

At 9:54 PM 1/14/93 -0800, Tom Walsh wrote:

>I would think the ultimate solution is to have an index of the documents ( and
>their associated attributes ) be a completely seperate querriable entity.
>This would allow users ( consumers, other servers!! ) to query the index and
>get the index results back. Then local relavance and cost based processing can
>be performedon on the returned data. Once the consumer is satisfied with the
>potential list of candidate hits they may retrieve them ( or just keep a link
>to their existance ). Using this approach the current infastructure for
>document retrieval can remain the same.

Our engine builds a query-able index of the attributes, as well as a
full-word index. The question I was asking was how we tag attributes in
the HTML documents so that they can be captured by a spider or other
indexing tool.

I'm not sure that being able to exchange the indexes is the ultimate
solution, but it's a very interesting one that we'd like to enable.
Instead of retrieving a number of indexes to one's local machine, it will
sometimes be more efficient to send a number of queries to search engines
where the indexes live, searching all of them in parallel.

I suspect that both models will co-exist.


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