[KPhotoAlbum] Idea for quick search feature

Sujee Maniyam kimdaba at sujee.net
Mon Apr 23 19:43:35 BST 2007

I also asked for this feature some time back.  Basically I want to type 
in a search term in 'home' view and have tree-view list by categories 
for matching keywords/locations/persons

for example:
	I type 'park'
	I get
		- Keywords
			- parking signs
		- locations
			- central park
		- person
			- Ron Parker


Shawn Willden wrote:
> Disclaimer: This wasn't my idea, it came from someone else on the list, 
> but I liked it and want to implement it. I'm looking for feedback from 
> the list to help answer the following questions, plus any other general 
> comments/criticisms/flames, etc.:
>     * Does the basic idea make sense?
>     * Do you think it's a bad idea to provide yet another search mechanism?
>     * Will the different behavior of the search bar in category list vs
>       other views be confusing to users?
>     * Can you think of any useful refinements?
>     * Do you have any suggestions for implementation, especially related
>       to how to make it fast?
> I'd like to enable the search bar even when not in a category list view. 
> At present it's disabled in the "home" view and in the thumbnail view, 
> but I think it should work all of the time, acting as a filter that 
> searches all tags, labels, descriptions, dates, folders, filenames, etc.
>  From the home view (does that view have another name?), typing anything 
> into the seach bar should reduce the image counts displayed on the "Show 
> Thumbnails" line and the date bar, and probably also reduce the category 
> counts to those that include images that match. Viewing thumbnails 
> should show the narrowed list, obviously, and search bar filtering 
> should be in addition to filtering done by drilling down through 
> categories and filtering by date bar selections.
>  From the thumbnail view, typing into the search bar should filter the 
> thumbnails displayed.
> As I said above, I'd like this search filter to search on everything. 
> For example, if I type "adam" into the search bar, I want my result set 
> to include any images with:
>     * Any tag including "adam", for any category
>     * A description containing "adam"
>     * A label containing "adam"
>     * A folder name containing "adam"
>     * A file name containing "adam"
> I'd also like this to apply to dates or pieces of dates. So if I type 
> "June" the result set should include all images with a tag, description, 
> label or pathname including June, plus all images with dates in the 
> month of June or with date ranges that span the month of June. Month 
> names will need to be localized, and I guess abbreviations should also 
> be allowed.
> Perhaps at some point we might want to allow boolean specifiers, 
> grouping, etc. of search words, but for now I think I'd just interpret 
> mutliple words as an implicit AND. So "adam june 2006" would find images 
> that:
>     * Contain "adam" in some tag, description, label, folder or
>       filename; AND
>     * Contain "june" in some tag, description, label, folder, filename
>       or date; AND
>     * Contain "2006" in some tag, description, label, folder, filename
>       or date.
> I think that should be fairly intuitive to users who can read it as 
> "find pictures of adam in june 2006". The very broad nature of the 
> search might mean that they get a few images in the results that 
> surprise them, but I think that's okay.
> All comments appreciated,
> Shawn.
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