Re: A quick question about NVDA certification


I was thinking about different search engines and an important advantage may be that Start Page and Duck Duck go (spelling), since they don't track you, may not try to tailor results. You may get a broader representation of results that don't trap you in an information bubble. If you research a political subject, for example, you may see more sites with more differing opinions.


-----Original Message-----
From: Gene
Sent: Sunday, February 07, 2021 2:27 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] A quick question about NVDA certification

Neither does Start Page.

-----Original Message-----
From: Rosemarie Chavarria
Sent: Sunday, February 07, 2021 1:53 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] A quick question about NVDA certification

Duckduckgo is really good too because they don't track you.

On 2/7/2021 10:00 AM, Monte Single wrote:

I have not refined my searchskills much, but I have found that using
startpage instead of google cuts out a lot of garbage and I usually find
what I need in the first half dozen links.

From: On Behalf Of Brian
Sent: February 7, 2021 11:00 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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