Q. Do you know whether if I were to create a user friendly student
interface, would it be possible to link the mnogosearch to the
interface so that the
students would not have to type in anything complicated but only the
keywords at the interface level to retrieve the items?
If I understand the question correctly, you want to know if there is a
way to have an HTML page that your students use and enter a simple
query - much like Google? The answer is yes. By default, this software
comes with a simple form already created for you to use.
If you browse the Mnogosearch users page, you'll see that there are
many institutions that have a working installation, with an easy to
Mnogo Users Page
Here are few good examples that I pulled out of the list for easier reading :
If you simply mean you wish to create a page that the students can go
to, this is also very easy. You would use the supplied HTML and copy
it into a file. Then you name the file whatever you like, and have
your students go to that page.
Let's assume you name the page 'students.html', and your domain name
was www.ourschoolsearch.com. Assuming you upload the file to the base
web directory on your server, you would simply have your students go
to the following address where the simple search form would reside :
Within that page resides the form that would link to the script
itself. All simple queries are entered on this page, and forwarded to
the script, which dynamically creates your results from your database.
The software has built in indexing, which means that it will associate
and bundle keywords/phrases to ensure good results for your searches.
This can be tweaked at your discretion, but it seems to work rather
well right out of the box.
Let me know if you need further clarification and I'll be sure to
reply as soon as possible.
To assist with this answer I looked at some products that I have used
in the past. However, if interested, there are more options available
to you. You can find related products by using Google to search for :
search engine software
I'll be sure to keep an eye out for any other questions you may have -