Re: [Fwd: keywords index ?]

2000-10-23 14:50:39

Excuse me, MUA stands for me the mail reader (Eudora, etc.)

So, did you ever think to present the mhonarc mailing list archive by
topics ? For example, a page where all messages about config should be
listed, then all messages about new features , then all messages about code
changes proposals, etc.

In the same way, should be a good idea to present, in a mailling list about
Art exhibitions, the exhibitions by topics, or towns where they go. People
should have a better access to the information, don't you think.

What I suggest is a Yahoo approach nor an Altavista approach to list the
topics. Many people search the archive with their own words and ofen fail
in retrieving the info they ask for.

How to ? Proposal :

1.  Before using Mhonarc, use a .pl program which reads the spool and
extracts the topics from the line 1 of the body to the Keywords field of
the header. A synonyms topics table should be implemented in order to avoid
synonyms topics (like expo vs. exhibition) and the put the  'official'
topic instead.

2. Use Mhonarc normally.

3. Put the topics of each msgxxxxx.html file into the Mhonarc database and
use a new otherindex (topics).

4. Generate the topics.html file from the database by regenerating the

Items 3 and 4 are still a 'black hole' for me, so this is why I ask the list.

Any idea or am I really wrong ?

Best regards

Juan del Rey

On October 21, 2000 at 16:21, Juan wrote:

Problem : As we can have threads, date and authors indexes, how do I make a
keywords index ?
With this,  MH should be used by a working group to access to the new

Since "MH" is the name of a MUA, it is best to refer to MHonArc as
MHonArc to avoid confusion.

messages of a mailing list about the topics specified by keywords. Users
just send their messages to the list providing the keywords in the first
line of the body (because many MUA doesn't give access to the keywords
header field ).

I would be inclined to utilize a search engine for such things.
Having a sort by keywords seems arbitrary, and can be of very little
use since a message can have multiple keywords specified.  Which
keyword is the sort key?  Do you a list a message for each keyword


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