I completely disagree.
Right now, the metasearchers are scraping screens and doing all sorts of
stuff that is unique to each site. They understand the need to customize
the client to the server. They absolutely understand that they can't send
exactly the same thing to an arbitrary list of servers and expect to get
anything useful back.
From: Theo van Veen [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Sunday, August 10, 2003 4:56 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Betr.: Re: xPath in searchRequest
On 8 Aug 2003 at 22:19, Matthew J. Dovey wrote:
> More seriously, we are straying onto metasearch requirements territory
> here. I suspect that one of their requirements and a reason I suspect
> that might give for not considering SRU/SRW is that they do expect a
> single string to work on an arbitrary list of servers!
I agree. And I do not see any reason for not trying to meet such
requirements. Actually I
would expect metasearch being one of the objectives of SRU/SRW and I realise
danger of not meeting such requirements.