Searching the Web with SHOE

Jeff Heflin and James Hendler

Although search engine technology has improved in recent years, there are still many types of searches that return unsatisfactory results. This situation can be greatly improved if web pages use a semantic markup language to describe their content. We have developed SHOE, a language for this purpose, and in this paper describe a scenario for how the language could be used by search engines of the future. A major challenge to this system is designing a query tool that can exploit the power of a knowledge base while still being simple enough for the casual user. We present the SHOE Search tool, which allows the user to specify a context for his or her query, and then uses the context to help the user build a query by example.

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