Orca Search version 2.1d availableMay 2, 2006
Less than a month after 2.1c, the Orca Search 2.1d is now available for download! Among fixes for a few specific bugs, there is a very important addition to the Remove Elements and Weighted Elements systems.
A common suggestion people have when implementing a search engine at their site is to have some mechanism for blocking out sections of a page from being indexed. Usually, the script writers add some proprietary comment tag which then needs to be added to every spidered page in which the user wants to block content.
I thought about this, and after an ingenious suggestion from someone in the forum, I decided to forego a proprietary method and instead use a small subset of the CSS selector system to drive these systems.
Using this method, you don't need to add comment tags to prevent certain parts of your pages from being indexed. You have a menu using the element <ul id="menu"> ? Then you can block it simply by applying the CSS selector "ul#menu" to the Remove Elements area. It's just that easy!
I must say, I'm pretty proud of this update for that reason alone
In other news, for the next week or so, I will only have intermittent internet access and I will not be available to answer support requests. I hope I don't end up regretting rushing this release out for today, heh heh! I will probably be shutting the forum down temporarily during this time so that spam doesn't have a chance to build up while my back is turned.
Anyway, enjoy 2.1d! If you have any bugs to report, please send them to me by email, as I will read every one when I get the chance!
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