[sugar] The futur of the mesh view
Wed Dec 5 02:24:22 EST 2007
> ... In a sense, by applying the search terms with AND by
> default means that "search within results" can be achieved by simply
> extending the search string. Additionally, the filters can serve to
> narrow down the results, for instance by reducing a search for "games"
> to a search for "games that my friends are playing" or a search for
> "Bob" to "chats with people named Bob."
You are correct. For myself, the mechanism of extending the search
string feels "restrictive", in that having to specify a multi-term
'search string' implies to me that the user already _knows_ (and is
able to express) what it is that he is searching for.
Letting a search be "refined" in easy steps allows the user to
change the criteria depending on "what is available". If I don't
already have Bob in mind, I think stepwise filtering is 'natural':
(1) Q - What do I have time to do now? A - "chat"
(2) Q - Whom don't I want to chat with? A - "those sixth graders"
(3) Q - Who's left? A - "Bob. I want to ask him something"
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