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Re: On being web-friendly and why info must die

From: Lennart Borgman
Subject: Re: On being web-friendly and why info must die
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:43:41 +0100

On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 5:36 PM, David Kastrup <address@hidden> wrote:
> Lennart Borgman <address@hidden> writes:
>> My point is maybe a bit unclear. It matters a lot what search engine
>> you have and how you feed it with information. In the small project I
>> linked to I have had rather minimal success with Google CSE. So I
>> switched to OpenSearchServer and there I can do a lot of things I just
>> could imagine before. (This is just a small free time project, but
>> still a bit important, perhaps.)
> I don't buy that.  It will have its best case scenario for stuff not
> actually written/maintained in Texinfo (or something providing similar
> information amounts) and consequently completely missing any useful
> index.  With that starting point, a search engine is better than
> nothing.  Against a reasonably well-maintained manual index, however: no
> comparison.

I don't understand your argument. What has the well-maintained manual
index to do with the format the user sees? The index just does not
disappear if you are using a web browser. Or, does it? ;-)

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