W3C’s MASE search engine got a nice new year present, in the shape of a new server. The additional computing muscle will be well-used to index and search among the hundreds of thousands of messages on the W3C’s mailing-list forums.
Taunting two knights with one stone, we also took the opportunity to give the search interface a fresh layer of CSS paint, and, among other updates, a Period search feature which can be used to limit search results to a given Month and/or Year.
All this is possible thanks to the great team developing the Namazu engine as an open source project. Namazu is not supposed to be used on such a massive set of data as the W3C lists, but it works: our hacking was, and is, mostly limited to interfacing the engine with our lists system, and make indexing of individual lists real-time.
Any bug you’d like to report on the search engine? Features that we really should be adding? The comment form is all yours!