[KPhotoAlbum] Idea for quick search feature

Martin Hoeller martin at xss.co.at
Thu Apr 26 07:12:03 BST 2007


On Wednesday, 25. April 2007 23:05 Jan Kundrát worte:
> Shawn Willden wrote:
> > It would require a search bar syntax that allows precise specification
> > (e.g. Persons:"Jesper K Pedersen") as well as "loose" specification
> > (e.g. Jesper, which would search all metadata), but it would address
> > the issue of composition by effectively making the search bar the
> > single search mechanism, with searches being specified by some
> > combination of typing and clicking (or pure clicking or pure typing).
> >
> > That's a bit more radical, but it might make a lot of sense.
> >
> > Comments?
> Heh, that's what I'm trying to do in my web frontend. If KPA is about to
> support the same method, we should agree on one way to do stuff and even
> the UI should look similar.

While reading through your followup mails I noticed that your syntax is 
getting rather complicated/weired quickly. While I see the point and 
necessity in most of your issues, I also see the problem non-geek-users 
would have with this syntax.

My idea for this is the following: come up with one syntax that supports all 
requirements, so every frontend can use it. Then make any UI (or better a 
layer below it) transform the user input to the complex query by just 
adding the "AND"s, "OR"s, "{" and "}" and the like. This way the complexity 
is hidden by the user but may still be enabled by a special checkbox or a 

What do you think?

- martin
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