> I'm about to go live with SWISH-E (again, fantastic software), and I'm in
> the process of writing the "search instructions" page....
> Does anybody out there have a nice little search instructions page for using
> SWISH-E which I could "borrow" for my site?
Unless I misunderstand your question, you probably have to write this yourself for your users. I assume you are looking for a user-friendly version of
How do your users access swish-e?
If they do it through a web page with a form you designed, you probably let them select among several options. But then you need instructions to match. Swish-e's "fantastic software" (I quite agree!) makes it so that the set of options from which
users can select is highly customizable, with a little post-processing magic. The cost is that you then do have to explain what you did or no one can use it! :)
If you used an HTML form someone else provided, that person also probably has an instructions-page to match. So: Start there. That's how I got started: I knew Perl, so I picked off a Perl-based user-interface and set of instructions. I then
customized it for my various sites' purposes.
You are welcome to cop from one of the Instructions pages I've written, but be aware: this page as written is highly dependent on customizations I've written in Perl to post-process the basic index provided by Swish-e. Also, the page is written with
an eye toward that website's readership, which consist of fairly-well educated graduate students and faculty in economics: they may have little knowledge of computers, but they are very logical in reasoning ability. Consequently, neither the
language, style, or options may cover what you want for _your_ users! But maybe it can give you some ideas about what users are looking for in general. We get pretty good reviews about our Help pages. So:
Received on Sat Oct 26 13:14:12 2002