By Chris J. Mason on Feb 22, 2008
Based on what we've heard from our stakeholders, docs.sun.com is making improving search a top priority. Overwhelmingly, the top two areas stakeholders want improved are:
- You want to be able to search within a collection.
- You want us to improve the relevancy of search results
So what are we doing to address your concerns?
First, we are working with our publishers to increase and improve the level of metadata that describes our documents. We've completed a focused study which has specific recommendations for improvements. The Docs.sun.com Engineering Team will be working hand in hand with the publishing community to implement these recommendations.
In late March, Docs.sun.com will roll out a release with enhancements that will improve the accuracy of searching for content within a book. We will be providing page-specific titles vs. today's method of describing every page with the main title of the book. For example, instead of getting a page full of hits all with the same title of 'Solaris ZFS Administration Guide' when searching for 'ZFS information', each hit listed will have a meaningful title to show what that particular page is about in order to assist you in locating the information you need quickly.
In addition, the March release will bring improvements that will ensure the documents in your selected language preference will be returned from your searches. We'll implement some preliminary changes that will set us up to allow you to search within a collection in soon thereafter.
We will keep you posted as these improvements are released and will look forward to hearing what you think!