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Experimental Debtags package search

Enrico Zeni has announced “an experimental new way of searching Debian packages: you start with a normal text search, and then you work with categories.”
Hello,

I'm so proud of this that I need to announce it to Debian Devel
Announce.

I implemented a new kind of package search, here:

http://debtags.alioth.debian.org/cgi-bin/search.cgi

It's an experimental new way of searching Debian packages: you start
with a normal text search, and then you work with categories.

Working with categories is as easy as expressing three very simple
opinions: “I want this”, “I don't want this”, “I don't care about this”.

You don't even need to know about the categories to use this, and in
a few simple clicks, you should to the packages you need.

(description taken from the FAQ[1])

It is experimental and it is a prototype, so it is slow.
But it is cool!

The idea came from a chat with OpenUsability's Jan Mühlig at LinuxTag,
and has been further enhanced with discussions in the Debtags mailing
list[2].

Both the search page and the editing and browsing pages connected to it
definitely need some Ajaxing. If you decide to do it, send a mail to
debtags-devel@lists.alioth.debian.org; improvements of the CSS are also
very welcome.

Ciao,

Enrico

[1] http://debtags.alioth.debian.org/packagebrowser/faq-search.html
[2] http://lists.alioth.debian.org/mailman/listinfo/debtags-devel

GPG key: 1024D/797EBFAB 2000-12-05 Enrico Zini <enrico@debian.org>

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