F5 Search Engines: Do You Speak Their Language?
     Petar Perkovic, Faculty of Philosophy, Zagreb

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More and more, we have to rely on the Internet search engines in order to find a concrete information we are looking for on the Internet. During this process of searching, the user is looking at the search engine strictly through his interface, while other parts of the system stay hidden. The basic task of the search engine interface is to simplify the procedure of creating a proper request and to display as much relevant information as possible in a way user can easily understand and access it. Each search engine has its own concept of the "ideal interface" and "the ideal formula for the query", but it is usually the user who sets parameters which give him the best possible results. Because of the given variations, the user has to learn how to use each search engine separately. Can this be avoided or perhaps simplified? What is more important for the user, and how can we evaluate interfaces? The author offers a detailed analysis of the approaches and concepts used during the process of creation of the interface, through which the query is made, and some of the specific parameters which characterize some of the most popular search engines today. Parallel to this analysis of the global search engines, there will be an analysis of the first Croatian search engine - CROSS, and the relevant information acquired from the usage of this search engine. As the result of this analysis the author offers a suggestion of a new innovative search engine interface and which would be more functional and would make the creation of the queries much easier for the first time users.