Just to say that I agree wholeheartedly.
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> Hi All,
> This is a relatively cool thread by now, but blame various "xLA" conferences
> and having to clean up email for weeks afterwards.
> As a producer of a metasearch engine (and hence a client to all "real"
> servers and also a server to our clients - all at once) I would like to put
> in 2c worth for more machine readable (parseable) diagnostics.
> We have to understand the diagnostics from a variety of servers (not all
> Z39.50) and represent what happened to the end user in a consistent fashion.
> This means that we need machine readable diagnostics so our engine can
> "interpret" them and correlate with similar problems occurring in other
> environments. The problems get reported individually to the user, but need
> to be consistent. (So the example that started this: "fo* vs *oo" cannot be
> reported variously as "unrecognized masking character", "left truncation not
> allowed", "unrecognized term", etc. (Imagination may now run wild with
> alternatives.)) We need to convert all into one diagnostic and present that
> to the user. Thus the more specificity in machine readable form the better.
> There is one other aspect of this which seems to have been missed entirely
> (or is handled in some clever way I'm missing) and that is multi-lingual
> forms of the user friendly text message. All the diagnostic user messages
> were quoted in English, not entirely surprisingly. But we certainly, and
> almost all library systems probably, have to allow for interfaces in
> different languages. That includes translating the
> error/diagnostic/informative messages that systems further away from the
> user pass back. Language here also means "level of" language. So end users
> may get a different message to staff users for the same problem. This
> multi-lingualism is obviously a function of the system 'nearest' to the
> user, and that is almost certainly not the Z39.50 server. So, in these
> circumstance, the 'user friendly text message' becomes a bit moot. Except
> that it is very necessary for the person creating the translations in the
> first place and debugging their attempts.
> p.s. I agree that the problem term should be returned as part of the
> Dr Peter Noerr
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> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Z39.50 Next-Generation Initiative [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of
> > Ray Denenberg, Library of Congress
> > Sent: Thursday, July 01, 2004 1:06 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: diagnostic examples
> > > In this case, I think the
> > > best we can do is to show the rejected term.
> > Lacking any other suggestion, let's go with this one.
> > --Ray