[KPhotoAlbum] Idea for quick search feature

Shawn Willden shawn-kimdaba at willden.org
Mon Apr 23 15:35:08 BST 2007

On Monday 23 April 2007 08:17, Jan Kundrát wrote:
> That would be horribly confusing, IMHO. 

Can you expand on what would be confusing?  I grant that users might get 
results including images they didn't expect, but I think the general use case 
for this sort of thing is to keep typing more filter information until the 
list gets small enough that you can find what you're looking for visually, so 
that's not such an issue.

Another program I use frequently does the same sort of thing for databases of 
music, and I find it works very well.  What you type in the search bar is 
matched against all of the metadata associated with a given song (artist, 
title, genre, keywords, file and path, various dates, etc.) and I find that I 
can quickly narrow my database of ~6000 songs down to a handful that allows 
me to find what I'm looking for.  I'm thinking the same approach would work 
well for KPA, but perhaps the fact that images in KPA have much more metadata 
than songs do is a problem?

> What would you do if you have 
> space in some tag value? For example I know a lot of people whose given
> name is Pavel, so I tag images with stuff like "pavel", "pavel m",
> "pavel h" etc.

Seems simple enough to me.  "pavel m" would probably get you most all of the 
images of various Pavels, of course, but we could allow you to use quotes to 
be more specific, so you could type '"pavel m"' to search for images 
with "pavel m" in their metadata.  In my database, I tag people with their 
full names, so I'd have less of a problem.

> [1] http://svn.flaska.net/viewcvs/pphotoalbum/trunk/

I'll take a look, thanks.


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