Reviews Database Search Engines Integrated Intelligence Corporation (IIC) de- Using the companion management tools, ad- veloped I-Search. Their goal is to enable interna- ministrators can use I-Search to catalog text- for Web Development tional users to conduct searches in their own based information on the site or in the database languages. "Even if they speak English, it is in the manner best suited to their sites, in a INTERNET TOOLS difficult for people to construct English key-word defined hierarchical structure, using an unlimited search phrases or to spell the items they are number of categories and up to 10 hierarchical ALISE, EUROPEAN & ASIAN LANGUAGES. looking for correctly," explains IIC's President levels. This structure serves to define the nature WINDOWS NT SERVER, PACIFIC SOFTWARE Carol Lin. of contents and their language types. ALISE is $2,995 PUBLISHING. $2,995. I-Search can find information stored in multi- less structured, relying only on keywords to find I-SEARCH, EUROPEAN, ASIAN, RUSSIAN, ARABIC. ple languages in plain ASCII text as well as the data. UNIX LINUX AND DEC ALPHA UNIX. INTEGRATED HTML and SGML. Its interface supports Both I-Search and ALISE allow searching us- INTELLIGENCE CORPORATION. $5,000 AND UP. industry-standard Boolean logic operators, full ing use the Boolean "OR" and "AND"; I-Search text and multilingual input and provides also supports the "NOT" operator. ALISE sup- weighted and sorted search results. It also sup- ports "wildcard" searches for multiple keywords. What do you do if you want your site to be ports common Web server management and in- I-Search performs searches based on CGI searchable in several languages, including Asian? formation storage programs, such as CGI, and scripts, so each user search access initiates a content development tools. unique database search session involving sepa- To try I-Search, I visited iicnet.com, then rate hard-drive caching and CGI script interpret- A s the number of multilingual Web sites in- creases, so does the need for specialized tools to help users find web-based information quickly. Two of went to The World Trade Search, one of the Web sites that uses I-Search. It features a multi- ing. ALISE uses MS-ISAPI (MS-Internet Server Application Interface) which allows the joining language international business directory, with of search inquiries and processing in RAM. the tools that Web managers have at their disposal are more than 20 languages in the Search Language Fewer steps in the input/output process and ALISE and I-Search. drop down menu, including Chinese, Japanese, RAM-based execution make this faster and more ALISE (A Little Internet Search Engine) was re- Korean, Russian, Arabic, Finnish, Icelandic, efficient than the CGI method. leased in March by Pacific Software Publishing (PSP). Multilingual searching with I-Search is based Their goal is to provide Web managers with an easy on setting keyword search criteria to a particular solution to the challenge of indexing large amounts of character set prior to searching. The character information, such as that contained in sites featuring sets are Latin (for French, Spanish, etc.), CJK online brochures and product catalogs. With ALISE, it (for Chinese, Japanese, Korean); binary (for Rus- is possible to index products, documents, pictures and sian or Hebrew). To index Web pages so they other information, so they can be accessed easily by can be searched by language type, HTML-based anyone with an Internet browser. It supports single pages are individually defined as a particular and double-byte character languages; users can per- language type using “<META>” tags. Or they form searches not only in European but also in Asian can be grouped together within specified subdi- languages. rectories according to language type, within sub- Web managers can customize ALISE to their spe- directories defined as "latin", "cjk" or "binary" cific requirements, for example, so users can search on type files. I-Search displays search results as a fixed keywords selected from pull-down menus or I-Search powers the World Trade Search site single text string that, when clicked on, links to radio buttons, and by using AND, OR and wildcard an HTML-formatted Web page. ("*"). Norwegian and most Western European languages. I ALISE searches for records based on Web To test drive ALISE, I accessed one of the selected Spanish, entered productos médicos and se- manager-defined keywords assigned to each sites that use it, www.dokoda.com. This site is lected Find Any. The results page displayed four record. Then when a user inputs one of those in Japanese so my lack of knowledge of that matches. words with, for example, a Japanese language- language presented a challenge, but I was able Other Sites that use I-Search are AIS, an immigration based computer system, the word is searched, to entered the keywords Pacific Software (in services company and the Taipei Book Publishers Asso- found and the particular record retrieved. In the ciation. case of Japanese, when JIS, SJIS or EUC charac- I -Search works on Linux and DEC Alpha Unix. ters are input, they are converted to SJIS as the Windows NT-compatible and Sun Microsystems Inc.'s internal search string character set and then con- Solaris versions, as well as AIX and HP-UX versions, are verted back to the original character set (JIS, scheduled to roll out this year. SJIS or EUC) used by the person accessing the I-Search comes complete with an indexing database. tool. With ALISE, Web managers must create If indexing the content of a Web site is your their own separate index of content and desig- primary goal, I-Search offers you an advantage. nate the keywords to index individual records, or It is a Web site indexing and searching tool. resort to a third-party indexing tool. ALISE is an online database engine that also ALISE enables the end-user to submit and supports the indexing and searching of Web site You can see ALISE in action at dokoda.com maintain records via a browser. This allows sup- contents. It provides the capabilities needed to port of Yahoo or Alta Vista-type sites, where create online databases containing text, graphics, English), and very quickly was presented with a list of sound, etc. and allows more customization. search engines are open to public input of data. A matching documents. custom utility is required to import multiple Interested readers can visit www.alise.com records to create a large database. PSP has an- and download an evaluation copy, or can see it —SUSANA TURBITT, STURBITT@INTERSOLINC.COM nounced that they plan to offer a more user- in operation at the following sites: friendly utility to import records from text or www.moshix2.net, softwarediscount.com and tab-delimited files. www.kobetoyopet.com.