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From Peter Carlson <carl...@bookandhammer.com>
Subject Re: Status of proximity in query language
Date Tue, 19 Feb 2002 00:15:48 GMT
"foo bar"~3

+1 


On 2/18/02 3:58 PM, "Brian Goetz" <brian@quiotix.com> wrote:

>> Let hook something up to the phrase query, but I would just suggest another
>> character so that it's not confusing that the same operator is used for two
>> different concepts.
> 
> I like using ~ because the concept of "slop" and the concept of "fuzzy"
> are pretty similar in most users minds, I'd think.
> 
> Also, there's some value in keeping the set of characters we "usurp" from
> the space of valid query text to a minimum.  And the ~ symbol is commonly
> use to mean "approximately", so its semantically sensible as well.  I
> do NOT want this to degenerate into something perl-like, where $| means
> one thing and $/ something else, with nearly every punctuation character
> taken.  
> 
>> Really I would just suggest excluding what is currently used and ? (used in
>> urls), & (used in urls), > (would have encode for xml), < (would have to
>> encode for xml), % (can use be used to escape characters).
> 
> You make a good argument for overloading here -- a lot of symbols have
> semantics in some domain or other, and we don't want to interfere with
> those.
> 
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