[KPhotoAlbum] Idea for quick search feature

Baptiste MATHUS ml at batmat.net
Tue Apr 24 08:23:36 CEST 2007

2007/4/23, Shawn Willden <shawn-kimdaba at willden.org>:
> On Monday 23 April 2007 08:17, Jan Kundrát wrote:
> > That would be horribly confusing, IMHO.
> Can you expand on what would be confusing?  I grant that users might get
> results including images they didn't expect, but I think the general use
> case
> for this sort of thing is to keep typing more filter information until the
> list gets small enough that you can find what you're looking for visually,
> so
> that's not such an issue.
> Another program I use frequently does the same sort of thing for databases
> of
> music, and I find it works very well.  What you type in the search bar is
> matched against all of the metadata associated with a given song (artist,
> title, genre, keywords, file and path, various dates, etc.) and I find
> that I
> can quickly narrow my database of ~6000 songs down to a handful that
> allows
> me to find what I'm looking for.  I'm thinking the same approach would
> work
> well for KPA, but perhaps the fact that images in KPA have much more
> metadata
> than songs do is a problem?

I guess you're speaking about apps like Amarok. In fact, I also have a lot
of songs indexed in this software, and I always found this quick
search/filter feature useful.

I guess the KPA's users will be smart enough to understand that if they need
something more precise or advanced, they'll be able to use the classical
search dialog. At least, quick search is a quite usual feature today.

Maybe we could add something like thunderbird does. That's to say a small
kind of "expandable combo" that'd let you choose for example "all tags",
"dates", "persons only", "places only", "keywords" and so on... By default,
it would search on everything (in thunderbird, the matching selection in my
mind is "subject and content" or something like that).

> What would you do if you have
> > space in some tag value? For example I know a lot of people whose given
> > name is Pavel, so I tag images with stuff like "pavel", "pavel m",
> > "pavel h" etc.
> Seems simple enough to me.  "pavel m" would probably get you most all of
> the
> images of various Pavels, of course, but we could allow you to use quotes
> to
> be more specific, so you could type '"pavel m"' to search for images
> with "pavel m" in their metadata.  In my database, I tag people with their
> full names, so I'd have less of a problem.

Double quoting seems fine to me. It's good to use well admitted practices.
In this case, since double quoting is used for example on web search
engines, I guess it would not be surprising to the end user.

Baptiste <Batmat> MATHUS
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