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RE: Language -- am I being too vigillant?

From: Terry Brainerd Chadwick <tbchad@tbchad.com>
Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2001 20:30:57 -0800
Message-Id: <5.1.0.14.2.20011108202540.022e7eb8@mail.spiretech.com>
To: Rebecca Cox <rebecca@cwa.co.nz>, Terry Brainerd Chadwick <tbchad@tbchad.com>, "WAI-ig" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
At 05:14 PM 11/9/2001 +1300, Rebecca Cox wrote:
>One technique I've heard about, to allow users to enter "poitically 
>incorrect" terms in a search, and find the resources which are about what 
>they have asked for,  involves somehow associating a list of the common 
>terms people might try to use, with the target resource records, in the 
>database behind a search engine. - where a website has a search engine 
>running off its own database.  I'm sure that many of you will be familiar 
>with this.
>
>Another technique might be to add all common terms used in the metadata, 
>fo search engines which use it.
>
>Both of these would keep the "unwanted" terms out of the actual content, 
>but still allow users to use them.

Precisely.  Use synonyms -- the good old "see" or "see also" in ancient 
library catalogs.  However, web designers and content developers -- who 
usually have no experience in indexing, thesaurus building or metadata -- 
don't even think to use synonyms to make it easy for people to find 
information on their websites.

Terry


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