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RE: How accessible are site-focused search engines?

From: Robert Neff <rcn@fenix2.dol-esa.gov>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 09:06:37 -0400
Message-ID: <01BDAF06.B5543060.rcn@fenix2.dol-esa.gov>
To: "'Jamal Mazrui'" <empower@smart.net>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, "webwatch-l@teleport.com" <webwatch-l@teleport.com>, "basr-l@trace.wisc.edu" <basr-l@trace.wisc.edu>
Look at Verity (Search97?).  this server package is becoming more popular 
and easy to use.  Also check out

not sure what verity costs...but when you are making your decision, you 
must include training (and availability) and maintenance costs, and 
technical support.  Make sure you know what you are paying to have on and 
off site.  Some companies may have lower costs, but poor training, 
technical support and availability!  Do your homework.  Make sure the 
package is in-line with your current network/os enterprise solution.

Two cents...rob

-----Original Message-----
From:	Jamal Mazrui [SMTP:empower@smart.net]
Sent:	Tuesday, July 14, 1998 12:50 AM
To:	w3c-wai-ig@w3.org; webwatch-l@teleport.com; basr-l@trace.wisc.edu
Subject:	How accessible are site-focused search engines?

I received the inquiry below, and said I'd follow up by
seeking answers from relevant lists.  Any info/opinions are appreciated.


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Date: Fri, 10 Jul 1998 13:59:21 -0700
From: "Luther Smith" <SMITHLL@dshs.wa.gov>
To: 74444.1076@compuserve.com, RICHA@dis.wa.gov, debcook@u.washington.edu
Subject: Internet Search Engine


I presently work at Washington Department of Social & Health Services/Aging 
Adult Services Administration (AASA), and I am managing the development of 
initial Internet site.  Our site will be hosted by the Washington 
of Information Services (DIS), where most other Washington state agency 
are located.  We are interested in having the most highly-accessible site

DIS is planning to acquire an "industrial-strength" search engine for their
site, which will be the single search engine for all their hosted sites. 
currently favor the Netscape Compass search engine and will begin a 90-day
evaluation July 27.  Our experiments with that search engine using the Lynx
browser yield miserable results.  The search engine apparently requires a
Javascript browser, which causes a Lynx browser user to go down a long and
frustrating path to yield the same results as are easily available to an
Internet Explorer or Netscape browser user (try using the search function 
DSHS.WA.GOV for a demo).

In our preliminary discussions with DIS personnel, each of the other major
search engines failed to meet one or more of DIS's informal requirements:
1.  Detect and use META tags (Excite doesn't);
2.  Middle-of-the-road pricing ($12,000 for Netscape Compass vs. $30,000 
Alta Vista);
3.  Search engine vendor is responsive and flexible to work with.
4.  Requires no customized coding to implement.

What is your personal preference for the search engine we need ?

We are working regularly with Washington Assistive Technology Alliance in
building our site.  I will forward the same question to Deb Cook.  Are 
other resources we should work with ?

I am very hopeful that we can find a mutually satisfactory search engine
through these informal, low-level negotiations.  Thanks for your
Received on Tuesday, 14 July 1998 09:06:29 UTC

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