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Chapter 5. AltaVista

Good to Know

  • AltaVista is a favorite of professional searchers because of its large database, powerful search features, and search customization options.

  • It's one of the few search engines to offer full Boolean and case-sensitive searching, along with a variety of field-search and language options to help you target your searches.

  • Developed in 1995 at Digital Equipment Corporation in Palo Alto, California, AltaVista has been awarded more search-related patents than any other company in the world.

  • AltaVista is majority-owned by CMGI, an Internet development and operating company. But Compaq (which had acquired the search engine with its 1998 purchase of Digital) holds a small stake as well.



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