[uf-new] SERP proposal

Michael Smethurst michael.smethurst at bbc.co.uk
Tue Sep 7 06:00:22 PDT 2010

On 07/09/2010 13:50, "Dan Brickley" <danbri at danbri.org> wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 2:40 PM, Emanuele Minotto
> <minottoemanuele at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I propose a model for representing search results pages (SERP),
>> analyzing the results of a sample of search engines you may notice
>> that many elements have the same goal but nobody is represented
>> equally.
>> As a sample I took a SERP of the following search engines: Google,
>> Bing, Cuil, Yahoo, Ask, Baidu, Wikipedia. (Where possible, in English)
>> The general elements of a search page are:
>> - Number of results : 100% of the sample
>> - Page : 100%
>> - Number of first result on the page, last result on the page number : 100%
>> - Link to advanced search : 100%
>> - Seek time : 28%
>> While the elements of a single snippet are:
>> - Title : 100%
>> - Description : 100%
>> - Address : 85%
>> - Copy into the cache : 57%
>> Having said that I'd know what you think to identify a results page
>> with microformats.
> Perhaps it might be worth distinguishing between the big, global
> search engines and smaller eg. per-site-search pages.
> The big sites (i) have massive load, and change their markup very
> carefully; (ii) are careful about exposing APIs and scraping. These
> are the ones with 'cache' links.
> Smaller search sites - I think these are much more likely to deploy a
> microformat. I image much could be handled via
> http://microformats.org/wiki/hatom with some of the extras you
> indicate above.
> Did you see http://www.opensearch.org/Home ?  seems quite close...

Slighty off topic but glancing thru:
And seeing count, start index, start page etc made me wonder if pagination
helpers in general might be a useful pattern for microformats / posh?

> "OpenSearch is a collection of simple formats for the sharing of
> search results."
> ...
> "The OpenSearch response elements can be used to extend existing
> syndication formats, such as RSS and Atom, with the extra metadata
> needed to return search results."
> http://www.opensearch.org/Documentation/Recommendations/OpenSearch_and_microfo
> rmats
> is probably the best starting point...
> cheers,
> Dan
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