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Openfind

Review of Openfind New!

Last updated Sep. 21, 2002.

Debuting in beta form in July 5, 2002, Openfind is a new, large independently-built search engine, initially claiming 3.5 billion pages. It is based on research in Taiwan and has a Chinese version as well. See the initial Showdown news item. It does have some interesting features such as sorting by date and size, and a proxy link that highlights search text in the actual page. Use the table of contents on the left to navigate this review.

Databases:
Openfind has one single database of indexed Web pages. No additional databases or portal features are available at this time.

Strengths:
  * New database
  * Chinese-language searching

Weaknesses:
  * Numerous duplicates and blank links
  * Lacks almost all advanced search capabilities
  * No cached pages

Default Operation:
The default setting is an AND operation.

Boolean Searching:
No Boolean searching is available, although Openfind defaults to an AND between search terms.

Proximity Searching:
Phrase searching is not reliable. It sometimes works using "double quotes" around a phrase, but it will also find the words in a different order.

Truncation:
No truncation is currently available.

Case Sensitivity:
Searches are not case sensitive. Search terms entered in lowercase, uppercase, or mixed case all get the same number of hits.

Field Searching:
No field searching is available.

Limits:
There are no limits directly available. Openfind does have a separate link to a Traditional Chinese search page and a Simplified Chinese search page. It defaults to an English-language page search which will sometimes find other non-Chinese language pages as well. The "All Pages" expands the number of language results, especially for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Also, once you run a search, there is a "Matched Language" box to the right that can be used to limit by language. It shows the actual number of results in various languages.

Stop Words:
Openfind appears to search all words, even ones such as 'the,' 'of', 'and', and 'or'.

Sorting:
By defaults, sites are sorted in order of relevance score. An option on the right will re-sort the results by date or page size.

Display:
Openfind displays the title, a 2 line keyword in context extract, URL, page size, and date of the first 10 results.

Documentation:


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