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proposal: replace 'rank' property with score'

From: Jim Davis <jdavis@parc.xerox.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 14:29:58 PDT
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To: www-webdav-dasl@w3.org
I propose that we replace the dav:rank property with a score.

As far as I know, full text servers compute a score and use that to rank
order the results.  It's the score that's the more primitive.  

While it's true that there's no standard about the form of the score (for
some it's an integer 0 to 1000 for others a float between 0 and 1.0) it's
still useful, at least to UIs.

By contrast rank is pretty useless.  You already get the rank just by the
order of records in the record list anyway.  It it superfluous to sort on
rank ascending and perverse to sort on it descending.
Received on Friday, 24 July 1998 17:31:41 UTC

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