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The N1MM Logger website includes two search engines that look similar but operate differently. This may deliver confusing results if you do not understand each search engine's rules. However, if you understand the operation of each search engine you can use them to quickly locate material on the website.

Most of the time, a simple search will yield the best results. Enter the word (or words) that you are looking for, separated by spaces, and press < GO >. The simple search is case-insensitive, entering PTT will yield the same results as entering ptt. Do not try to get fancy with Simple Search - looking for "parallel port" (in quotes, looking for the adjacent combination of those two words) will not produce anything different than if you looked for parallel port (two independent words). Simple Search is, as the name implies - simple.

Sometimes, a Simple Search will produce so many matches that you will want to conduct an Advanced Search to reduce the number of results. Select >Menu >Website >Website Advanced Search to open the Search Dialogue window, then check that < Advanced Search > is checked. As long as the Advanced Search box is checked, your search options are vastly different than with a Simple Search.

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Unlike the Simple Search where you type single words into the search field, with an Advanced Search you type words plus search operators.

2.1. Advanced Search Operators

A shortened version of this list can be viewed on-line by pressing the blue ? Help icon.

  • " : The phrase is enclosed in double quotes " matches only objects that contain this phrase literally, as it was typed.
    • Example: "radio interface" (in double quotes) will only return pages that contain those words adjacent to each other, separated by a space.
  • + : A leading plus sign indicates that this word MUST be present in every object returned.
    • Example: +radio +interface will only return pages that contain both of those words
  • - : A leading minus sign indicates that this word MUST NOT be present in any row returned.
    • Example: +radio -interface will only return pages that contain radio but not interface
  • < > : These two operators are used to change a word's contribution to the relevance value that is assigned to a row.
  • ( ) : Parentheses are used to group words into subexpressions.
  • ~ : A leading tilde acts as a negation operator, causing the word's contribution to the object relevance to be negative. It's useful for marking noise words. An object that contains such a word will be rated lower than others, but will not be excluded altogether, as it would be with the - operator.
  • * : An asterisk is the truncation operator. Unlike the other operators, it should be appended to the word, not prepended.

Rather than Searching the entire site, you may want to limit your search to a specific type of material on the website. Click the drop-down box on the Find box, or select the topic area on the Advanced Search page.

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  • Entire site - Everything on the website
  • Wiki Pages - All of the website documents: manual, references, user guides
  • Files - All files: the macro files, the translations, the executable EXE files (probably not very helpful)
  • FAQS - Frequently Asked Questions pages
  • Trackers - On-line forms and Surveys

 Select topic filter first, then Search

When performing an Advanced Search, chose your topic filter ''first", then click the checkbox. Otherwise, choosing a topic area will clear the checkbox and you will get results from a Simple Search.

Last Modification: 15 May 2011 06:58:45 EDT by K8UT.