Re: Getting searching to work

Tim Berners-Lee <>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 93 09:08:35 +0100
From: Tim Berners-Lee <>
Message-id: <>
To: Dan Connolly <>
Subject: Re: Getting searching to work 
Cc: (Peter Flynn),

>  Date: Wed, 27 Jan 93 11:20:45 CST
>  From: Dan Connolly <>

>  I just wanted to take the opportunity to point out once again
>  that the <ISINDEX> strategy for marking up searchable documents
>  is less than optimal.

>  Inline "search this anchor" elements are preferable, at least
>  to me.

OK, Dan, I see you aren't going to give up on this one :-).  As
we want to be able to map Gopher modes effectively too, how about
using a link type:

<dt><a name=dub href="dubliners.html">Dubliners<dd>by James Joyce
<dt><a name=ulysses href="ulysses.html">Ulysses<dd>by James Joyce
<dt><a name=something REL=SEARCH href=somepointer>Search<dd>the above  
texts for
a name or keyword

The "SEARCH" relationship is a presentation instruction a bit like  
"EMBED" or "PRESENT".  It means, "Don't just jump to this, search it  
immediately".   A nice thing about it is that if the browser doesn't
understand it, then it will still work, just not be presented in the
way the author had intended.

What do you think?

>  Dan