RE: keyword tag?

Fisher Mark (
Tue, 2 May 95 06:40:13 EDT

Metadata could be very useful, especially for data not easily discerned from
a reading of the document text. However, it was shown in 1971 (!) that when
space is available for a full-text index, full-text searches with
appropriate pre-processing and a semi-automatically generated thesaurus
outperform the best manually-indexed systems (cf.
<URL:>, "A New
Comparison Between Conventional Indexing (MEDLARS) and Automatic Text
Processing (SMART)", Gerard Salton). I recommend that metadata be reserved
for data that can't otherwise be found in the document itself.
Mark Fisher Thomson Consumer Electronics Indianapolis, IN

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