[john@math.nwu.edu: Re: Client-side highlighting; tag proposal]

Wayne Allen (wa@mcc.com)
Fri, 10 Mar 1995 17:45:03 +0500

I'm glad to see this discussion. With respect to marking-up HTML on
the server side, we here have indexes of documents which reside
elsewhere. The search engine can provide a keyword hit list, and in
some cases, the (purported) character positions for these words, but
cannot do any markup becuase the result document would be retieved
from another server. (I'm not clear on whether character offsets
would do browsers much good.)

I suppose the browser could pass on the hit list it recieved from the
search, and the target document's server could do the markup. However,
I'm leary of a solution which requires the complexity of auto tag

In any case, I'd like to see a solution which does not require the
search engine have access to the actual document at search time, and
does not require the search engine or indexer to parse HTML. Oh, and
throw in the moon, while you're at it!


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