New search engines offer speed, flexibility

Two software shops, one in Japan and the other in the US, have developed search engines designed to get results to users faster and more easily.

Two software shops, one in Japan and the other in the US, have developed search engines designed to get results to users faster and more easily.

Pacific Software Publishing (PSP) has begun selling a search engine that allows developers of World Wide Web sites to tailor the engine's interface to suit different levels of user ability.

The PSP product, which goes on sale in Japan this week, also allows users to search for information in foreign languages, according to the Bellevue, Washington-based company.

Called ALISE, the engine also provides a wild-card function that will allow users to find information without knowing a full keyword. For example, if a user enters *is Khan, ALISE would find all entries in which "Genghis Khan" appears, PSP said.

A differentiating feature of the engine is that it allows Web developers to change the ALISE interface to suit the needs of users. For experienced users, the interface can include complicated searches, while for the less experienced it can be set up for simpler menus, the company said.

PSP says it will license the engine but did not release details about distribution.

The research arm of Fujitsu, meanwhile, has developed a search engine that explores a gigabyte of text in less than 0.2 seconds, or between 25 and 100 times faster than today's commercially available search engines, a company spokesman says.

Fujitsu will initially use the engine in-house to search databases of patent information but also hopes to offer the technology as part of a LAN database search tool in the future, he says.

PSP can be reached on the World Wide Web at http://www.pspinc.com/.

Fujitsu is on the Web at http://www.fujitsu.co.jp/.

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