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Special Syntaxes on Searchable Subject Indexes

As you might expect, the special syntaxes for searchable subject indexes are much more limited, since they don't index all of a Web site or even a Web page. In fact there are pretty much only two: for title and URL.

The same caveats that apply to the full-text engine syntax apply to the searchable subject index syntax, only more so. Titles are used for sites, not individual pages, so your search terms must be fairly general. Furthermore, a subject index editor may not use a site's actual title, but more of a descriptive title, something the editor came up with to describe the site. This is another argument for general search terms. When it comes to URLs, it's the same case. Site URLs are included instead of page URLs, for the most part, and only the most general search terms are going to be easily found with a URL search. I tend to restrict my URL searches in searchable subject indexes to when I want to confirm that a particular site is listed in a directory. I'd look for their domain name in the URL. This is also useful when you want to see if a single domain has been indexed in multiple places within a searchable subject index.


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