The searching power that this addition to conventional search engines
will afford us will be great. Some editors (FM+SGML) and browsers
(Dyntext) currently offer this sort of functionality.
The primary problem with offering XML-enhanced search engines is that
users won't know which elements to search for. You may have defined your
author element as 'author', but I may have defined it as 'auth' or
<PERSON role="author">. We could establish a
tag library, with standardized element names for search engines, or rely
on RDF. Comments?
> > Currently, to my knowledge, there are no search enginces or plug-ins which
> > will search within an XML document to, say, extract the material falling
> > within tag "x", or all authors (<author></author>) named James
> > (<author>James</author>), thus use of the XML tagged data identification
> > in a text-based data resource (e.g., academic article, etc.) can only be
> > selectively displayed through multiple style sheets (cf. MS IE5beta
> > presentation at GCA '98).