Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Just don't

You know, I don't mind when Google asks "did you mean"  - sometimes I do mistype (gasp!).

But I hate when Google says "showing results for what-we-think-you-meant" and I have to actively choose to see what I actually wanted.

Google shows results for prijtis' PO vkusu instead of VO vkusu, as asked

 Sure, во вкусу is ungrammatical and probably a (widespread) error for по вкусу. But it's what I wanted to look up, dammit.

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At 9:00 AM, October 17, 2012 Blogger D. C. Hall had this to say...

I hate that, too. Google has a "verbatim" tool that searches for what you actually type in, but unfortunately it's not any more convenient than clicking the "Search instead for [what I really typed]" link, because it's only accessible from the search results page—Google doesn't appear to supply a way of stipulating in advance that you want to do a verbatim search, let alone a way of setting that as the default.

However, the verbatim option can be selected fairly easily with an argument (tbs=li%3A1) appended to the requested URL when the search is performed, so on my own little front end for, I've got it set up to do verbatim searches by default. You can roll your own by making a copy of the Google home page of your choice and adding the line <input type=hidden name=tbs value="li:1"> to the html code anywhere inside the form element that contains the search text box and button.

At 10:23 AM, October 17, 2012 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...



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