Report:Dialog Product Suite/Common Ways to Access/Individual System Details/DialogWeb
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DialogWeb is a web browser-based search interface that combines two separate and distinctly different modes of searching. The first mode provides the full content and functionality of command-mode Dialog classic, while the second mode is a guided search designed for novice searchers.
DialogWeb differs from DialogClassic Web in that DialogWeb features a graphical interface, whereas DialogClassic Web simply displays the text-based Dialog console within the web browser. Additionally, DialogWeb offers database selection tools (at no cost) to help the searcher find the right database(s) to search.
The DialogWeb Guided Search takes the user through a series of menu selections, pinpointing the specific subject area to be searched. Once the user has “drilled-down” to the narrow subject area to be searched, he or she then has the opportunity to select which specific Dialog data files are to be searched.
Users are initially presented with a menu of general search areas, and are able to select narrower and narrower subtopics through a series of menus, as shown in the screenshots below.
DialogWeb also gives users the option of either searching the entire subject database group or individual data files to be searched.
Command Search offers the ability to construct and submit search strings using the Dialog command language, as used in Dialog Classic.
One rather unique aspect of the DialogWeb product is the ability to have records delivered online or offline via e-mail, fax, FTP or postal delivery. In addition, search results are provided in either HTML or text, depending on the user’s preference.