The popular AltaVista search engine has a new interface that it claims will help users refine searches.
The refining tools allow users to screen out search results that contain specific words, or to make certain words mandatory. After conducting a search, the service prompts users with lists of frequently occurring words and proposes categories of words to be required or denied. The words can be displayed as lists or in a graphical format.
The dynamic categorisation process differs from standard web searches in that it categorises search results after they have been obtained, instead of beforehand. So, a user searching for the phrase "ABC," for example, will be given category choices, including television, newspapers, Newsweek and Nightline.
The site also allows users to link to AltaVista mirror sites throughout the world and conduct searches in several languages.
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