4.0c Beta 3: Search with OR parenthesized overrides and makes NEAR useless

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Apr 11 2010 4:56 PM | Locked

If I do a Basic search for (faith NEAR <john>) OR (belief NEAR <john>) in my Topical Bible Indexes collection, it finds all occurrences of either the word faith or belief when they appear near a reference to the book of John. That's as I would have expected. All well and good.

However, if I search for (faith OR belief) NEAR <john> in the same collection, it does something unexpected and I'm not sure I can even figure out what it's doing. First, it treats NEAR like a search term, because that word is sometimes highlighted in the results. Second the results are way more restricted than with the above search (109 results in 7 articles in 3 resources as opposed to 261 results in 81 articles in 5 resources).

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Apr 11 2010 5:56 PM | Locked

This has been reported before. It is incredibly frustrating. You need to search for (faith, belief) NEAR <john>

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Frank Fenby | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Apr 11 2010 8:37 PM | Locked

What is the meaning of <john> in the sample query (faith, belief) NEAR <john>. In other words what does <...> mean. I cannot find it documented anywhere.

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Apr 11 2010 8:42 PM | Locked

Frank Fenby:

What is the meaning of <john> in the sample query (faith, belief) NEAR <john>. In other words what does <...> mean. I cannot find it documented anywhere.

<john>  is a search for the bible reference "John". Other references are accommodate by <...> - see  Search HELP.

Dave
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