Sunday, June 12, 2005

 

Smart commas, but stupid ampersands

Getty Images are indicating that their search now uses "smart commas". The text describing this feature notes that:
If you're using words in the search field for your keyword searches, commas now work like AND:
- Put "tom cruise, close-up" in the search field
- Your results will return images that contain close-ups of Tom Cruise

If you're using image numbers in the search field for your keyword searches, commas now work like OR:
- Put "1945157, 1951923" in the search field
- Your results will return both image # 1945157 and image # 1951923
I approve of this - this seems a very sensible behaviour. However, the text also notes that:
You can also use an ampersand (&) in place of AND. But be sure to add a space between keywords and "&".
I don't understand this restriction at all - the examples show that you dont need to surround a comma by spaces, but you do if you use an ampersand. It must have been almost as hard work to write up that ampersands don't work as it would have been to fix it so that they do!

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