Effective Internet Search:
About the Book
Search Engine Features Control Center
by Judith Gill
The 1-stroke search
One of the truly unique features in this book is
the powerful electronic,
generic template of search engine features Ed has
created specially for you — to:
- Conveniently access all search engine features from one
- Experiment with the numerous search engine features explored
in this book.
- Easily compare and evaluate the relative strengths and
weaknesses of various search engines.
- Explore cross-links between chapters and their related
Reference Manual sections, examining the pattern of search engine features in
varying levels of detail.
- Permit comprehensive interlinking throughout the book.
- Provide you with an invaluable electronic reference manual.
How it works
The genius of the Search Engine Features Control Center is that
it allows you to:
- Access all search engine features from one central
location. From here you can easily try out different
search engine features, experimenting with how different
search engines specifically implement them. You move from
master tables in the Features Control Center to either: (a)
explanations in the chapters, or to (b) detailed applications
in the Reference Manual.
back and forth between explanations of search engine features,
and then try them out to see how they actually work.
To help you with the above, Ed has created a
special internal page navigator bar, which is repeated at several
points on each page of each Reference Manual section. He provides a more
detailed explanation of its use in the section below.
Key takeaway: The Search Engine Features
Control Center is a powerful and flexible tool to help you quickly
and easily locate information wherever it is located in the book,
making it a handy reference manual now and in the future.
For more information on our unique Search
Engine Features Control Center, please continue reading Ed's more
Search Engine Features Control Center —
By Ed Baylin
Rationale & approach
If you study the Table of
Contents, you will note certain patterns of headers and
sub-headers repeating themselves, although in slightly different
ways. This occurs when the treatment of detailed (implementation)
and conceptual levels of search engine features are explained in
different sections of the book.
You may also notice that very few headers in the
Table of Contents carry the names of the search engines featured
in this book. That's because the treatment of their features is
handled from a top-down, general point of view, using certain
abstractions to create a generic, multi-level/multi-angled
template of features applicable to all search engines. The search
engine names generally appear only below the level of the Table of
This generic templating approach has led to
"conceptual prototypes" of specific search engines that
tend to apply to other search engines as well. Because the book
has been written from this search-engine-independent viewpoint, it
helps make it adaptable to explaining or incorporating any
individual search engine in a modular fashion.
The good news is that taking this approach greatly
simplifies your learning — in that understanding any one
search engine from a general perspective, allows you to apply this
knowledge to them all. Further, treatment of subjects from this
perspective is what I, Ed Baylin, do best because this is my
research specialty area (see Author
Generic organization of search engine features
The Search Engine Features Control Center is a
multi-level matrix (table) of search engine features from which
you can link to:
Conceptual explanations of search engine
features, cross-referenced to the row header for each feature.
Explanations of implementation details for
each search engine cell in that row, which is linked to one of
the book Reference Manual sections giving the details for that search engine.
As shown in the Table
of Contents, the first two levels are:
|User Interfaces Features
- Search entry interfaces
- Findings display and handling interfaces
- Search support: user tool interfaces
|Search Filters Features
You can also see a third level in the sample
sub-matrix that follows, corresponding to the "Search entry
interfaces" matrix in the above table.
All the cells in rows other than the column header
cells are hyperlinked to book explanations at different levels of
detail or abstraction. Thus, the Features Control Center can be
viewed as a place for quickly accessing the book and using it as a
convenient reference manual. It also acts as a plug-in gate to
further networks of book hyperlinks running throughout the book
and interconnecting it bi-directionally. For instance:
If you connect to the conceptual explanation
of the "Support for operator parameters" item, you
will be taken to one of the book chapters. From that point,
you can choose another link to go to the top of the particular
Reference Manual section that deals with the implementation details
for that feature.
From there, you can choose another link to
take you back to the chapter whence you came, or you can click
on one of the search engines in the internal navigation bar to
that section, seen below.
You can try out this navigation bar in one of
Excerpts on this website. It allows you to quickly access
different search engines in the Reference Manual section to try features
out or to link to explanations in the chapters.
Note: Tutorials on how to use "Book
hyperlinks" are found in both e-book volumes 1 and 2.
Example: one of the sub-matrices
Note: In the active version, all cells
with blue text act as hyperlinks to the relevant section of the
book. For obvious reasons, all hyperlinks have been deactivated