Re: A quick question about NVDA certification


I haven't used Start Page enough to compare in many ways. I know that Start Page uses Google for its searches and that it doesn't track you. What I don't know is if there are features or abilities Google has that Start Page doesn't. for example, Google is very good at correcting spellings which makes searching very convenient. Sometimes, a spell checker won't know what I'm misspelling, but Google does. If a spell checker offers no suggestions, I may check the word on Google. The same with proper names I want to know how to spell.

Also, Google has very convenient features like web snippets and people also ask.

I don't search when I'm signed into Google because it makes it less likely Google will know who is searching, in terms of my identity.

I don't see a serious problem with what you are calling garbage. I simply use h from the top of the page and quickly go down to web results, if that's what I want to look at, which is a heading. From there, I continue by heading.


-----Original Message-----
From: Arlene
Sent: Sunday, February 07, 2021 12:34 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] A quick question about NVDA certification

, I find Start page is just as good as google. You don’t get advertising. I prefer start page as my search engine. I tell everybody Iknow I is a good search engine.

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From: Brian Vogel
Sent: February 7, 2021 8:59 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] A quick question about NVDA certification

On Sun, Feb 7, 2021 at 10:00 AM, Gene wrote:

It is unfortunate that so many people are unaware of the power and value of Google searches or other good search engine searches.

Amen to that!

I have preached, repeatedly, that knowing how to do a web search, in 2021, is a basic skill, and if you don't have it then acquiring it is one of the first things you should be trying to do.

And the range of search operators for any search engine is wide (and not often necessary to deal with, I might add) and allows you to drill through a world of data with almost laser-like focus.

One of the operators I do use with some frequency, and which applies here, is the site: operator. While, like any search term, it can be stuck anywhere in a list of search criteria I generally place it either at the beginning or the end. If you only wanted to search for something at NVAccess then adding the search term (no spaces, just the word site, the colon, and the website sans any need for http://)/ and you will be searching only that website for content. You can even get more specific, such that if you only wanted to search the News portion of the NVAccess site, you would put,

That one operator, when you know that you only want content from a single website or some sub-segment of that site, will eliminate possibly hundreds of thousands of extraneous results.

Google has a great Advanced Search page, with fillable edit boxes/dropdowns, that tells you (if it's accessible) right after all of those fill-in boxes how you can do the same thing in a regular Google Search using operators, as most of us will never come close to combining all of the potential advanced options on the Advanced Search page. There are also more tutorials that you can shake a stick at regarding Google Search operators and how to use them.


Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 20H2, Build 19042

The depths of denial one can be pushed to by outside forces of disapproval can make you not even recognize yourself to yourself.

~ Brian Vogel

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