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[Bug 12777] New HTML5 'context' meta tag [suggestion]

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--- Comment #6 from Chris <jaboc2kl@googlemail.com> 2011-05-26 09:18:09 UTC ---
I realise that a lot of what I would like to see happen is down to the support
and functionality of search engines. But making it part of the HTML spec would
send a message to them and encourage them to support it.

What I'm trying to acheive is to improve the way that the web is indexed,
searched and served up to us. I use the web a lot (I'm a web developer) and I'm
forever scrolling through pages of irrelevant search results to find what I
want.

"The answer is simple" I hear you say, "Write better search queries!" and I do,
sometimes I re-write the query 3 or 4 times to get better results. But is this
really the answer?

Are all SE's going to say to the world:
"You will just have to learn how to write a better query!"?

No! It didn't work two decades ago and it wont work now. I remember when there
was all kinds of clever syntax used to write a good search query, and yes to a
certain extent (and for those in the know) there is. But most people just type
what they want in the search bar and want to see useful results.

SE's have come a long way in making searching the web universally accessible
and easy precisely because they don't want people to have to learn any
additional syntax. And with the amount of content on the internet ever
increasing surely a better way to organise and categorise it will only pay
dividens in the long run?

p.s. Sorry for the lengthy post

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