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   Re: xml search engine?

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: 30 Mar 2000 13:00:04 -0500

Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com> writes:

> I think what you're talking about would normally be called an Information-
> Retrieval (IR) system.  Such a system is distinguished from traditional
> search engines in the general case in that nobody has ever successfully
> built one that, in the general case, works.
> (putting on my asbestos underwear) -Tim

The asbestos underwear should be unnecessary, unless for other, more
recreational purposes (I've heard people are a little more liberal out
in Vancouver).

I think that anyone who lived through the excitement, hope, and
disappointment of the AI craze in the 1980's (academic) and early
1990's (commercial) would have to be very foolish to make any
different claim unless they could back it up with running,
production-grade software.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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