Re: [Rd] RFC: What should ?foo do?

From: Duncan Murdoch <murdoch_at_stats.uwo.ca>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2008 10:57:16 -0400

On 4/25/2008 10:41 AM, Simon Urbanek wrote:
> On Apr 25, 2008, at 8:46 AM, Peter Dalgaard wrote:
>

>> Duncan Murdoch wrote:
>>> I haven't done it, but I suspect we could introduce special behaviour
>>> for ??foo very easily.  We could even have a whole hierarchy:
>>>
>>> ?foo, ??foo, ???foo, ????foo, ...
>>>
>>>
>> Heh, that's rather nice, actually. In words, that could read
>>
>> ?foo: tell me about foo!
>> ??foo: what can you tell me about foo?
>> ???foo: what can you tell me about things like foo?
>> ????foo: I don't know what I'm looking for but it might be something
>> related foo?
>>
>> You do have to be careful about messing with ?, though. I think many
>> people, including me, would pretty quickly go nuts if ?par suddenly
>> didn't work the way we're used to.
>>

>
> I strongly agree with that.
>

> One potential way out could be to offer some extended fall-back in
> case the man page doesn't exist. (I'm not sure I like that, either,
> but I could get used to it ;).)
>
> I don't really have a problem with status quo and I think if you want
> proper advanced searches, you should be using (or implementing them)
> in the GUIs anyway. That is what the new users will be using (and
> looking for) in the first place. If they have to count the question
> marks instead, they won't know about it (although I like the idea for
> advanced users).

I'd like to try to have the search common across all platforms, but the GUIs could present it and the results in their own way.

Duncan Murdoch



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