gopher+ ask blocks to wais -- why not html+ forms? (Marc Andreessen)
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 93 14:15:50 -0700
From: (Marc Andreessen)
Message-id: <>
Subject: gopher+ ask blocks to wais -- why not html+ forms?
Newsgroups: comp.infosystems.gopher
From: (Don Gilbert)
Subject: Go-Ask-WAIS customizes WAIS searches for Gopher+
Organization: Biology, Indiana University - Bloomington
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1993 19:08:02 GMT

Go-ask-wais provides a link from Gopher+ ASK dialogs to WAIS index files,
allowing you to add various customizations to the Gopher-WAIS query.
Basically it is a script that processes the ASK query, and a subprogram
that queries WAIS indices and returns the matches in Gopher directory

Example usage:

 -->  1.  Search FlyBase Genes data/ <??>
      2.  Search GenBank (latest full release)/ <??>

 +-------------------------Search FlyBase Genes data--------------------------+
 |                                                                            |
 | _____ Search data by key words _____                                       |
 | Search for?       red                                                      |
 | Maximum matches:  100                                                      |
 | ___________________________________________________                        |
 | The default search finds records matching all words.                       |
 | Use `and' and `not' to eliminate useless matches.                          |
 | Use `*' (as in gen*) to match partial words.                               |
 | Want more help?   no                                                       |
 |                                                                            |
 |       [Switch Fields: TAB] [Cancel: ^G] [Erase: ^U] [Accept: Enter]        |
 |                                                                            |

The main ASK script processes the above query and returns the results below
  1. a list of all matches as one document
  2. a second ASK dialog that lets user select subset items to return
     as one document. 
  3. optional help files
  4. optionally various VIEW formats.
                           Search FlyBase Genes data

 -->  1.  Titles of matches to "red".
      2.  Select items to return as one document. <??>
      3.  (1)  Act88F  Actin-88F  genemap: 3-57.1  cytomap: Placed in 88F by...
      4.  (2)  Aldox-1  Aldehyde-oxidase-1  genemap: 3-57.2.
      5.  (3)  amb  amber  genemap: 1-6.8..

Installing Go-ask-wais on your Gopher server

	have U.Minnesota gopherd server version 2.04 or later, and its working.
	have some WAIS variant linked in and working w/ gopherd
	have perl interpreter

	gopher or ftp to, find it as
	don gilbert,, October 1993
	no copyright restrictions are imposed.

-- d.gilbert--biocomputing--indiana