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thomas858 - 9:23 pm on Jul 2, 2004 (gmt 0)as a searcher, I would expect a link to the search syntax (http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/ysearch/basics/basics-04.html) on the homepage (new.search.yahoo.com) and not buried somewere else three clicks away (if you know already where is it:).
I like the clean and attractive layout (probably because I'm outside the US:) from new.search.yahoo.com, although I have some remarks to do:
it is sad the yahoo does still not support the altavista and alltheweb powerful search syntaxes, after all yahoo payed dearly for overture, which owned those technologies and the experts who created them... It follows the missing search syntax, which would make yahoo a superb search engine:
- proximity operators: within #, ~~ #, <, <~, >, >~, *, NEAR (from altavista)
- truncation operators: *, ** (from altavista)
- anchor:, applet:, image:, link:, object:, text: (from altavista)
- language:, link: (or link.all:), filesize:, filetype: (this operator 'works' on yahoo, but is showing google serps), text: (or normal.text:) (from alltheweb)
Nevertheless inktomi has a quite good search syntax and that is what keeps me using yahoo:
It is a pity that yahoo didn't took the time to build a page documenting the previous search syntax...
The search by date is also somewhat limited, there is no way, as far as I know, of searching for pages before or between a date range... and, in this case, once upon a time inktomi had a powerful search syntax: before:, after: and within:.
I wish success to the new yahoo search engine. I will look forward to see the implementation of the altavista and alltheweb powerful search syntax, after all yahoo already has the experts!
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