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How to Interpret NMAC Search Results

Click on a letter to see the explanation of that search result element

Search Result ExampleJump to Letter AJump to Letter BJump to Letter JJump to Letter CJump to Letter DJump to Letter EJump to Letter GJump to Letter FJump to Letter HJump to Letter I

Click here for more information on the html document of the rule text

 
A. Search Terms Used (search string)
  These are the terms the search engine used to find the results. Individual terms with quotation marks around each word are "or" results, meaning both words may be in a result or just one word or the other. Individual terms with quotation marks around each word which are preceded by a plus sign are "and" results, meaning both words are found in all of the results. Individual terms with quotation marks around each word which are preceded by a minus sign are "not" results, meaning those words are not found in any of the results. Multiple words found within one set of quotation marks are a phrase.
 
B. Options for Restrictive Searching
  This shows what special search requirements were assigned in the advanced search function. The default setting for a simple search is not sensitive to capital or lowercase letters and accepts parts of words. To learn more about the advance search function, see the Advanced Search Explanation page.
 
C. Searched Sources
  This shows which portions of the html documents were searched. The default setting searches the html document title (the text found in the blue bar at the top of the browser window) and the actual text of the document.
 
D. Time to Perform Search
  This shows how many seconds it took to perform the search.
 
E. Number of Parts Found, Total Number of Parts Searched and Total File Size
  This shows the number of html files found from the total number of html files searched. Each html file is a "part" in the NMAC or, in other words, an individual rule. The number in parentheses is the total file size of all the documents searched.
 
F. Total Number of Matches Found
  This is the total number of matches found in all the results.
 
G. Result Ranking and Part Number
  The first number (shown in black font) is the ranking of the result. The result with the most matches comes first in the default setting of the search engine. The part number of the rule follows the ranking and is underlined. The html document of the rule text can be accessed by clicking on the part number.
 
H. URL of Part and File Size of HTML Document
  This shows the web address of the html document in the NMAC site. The number in parentheses is the size of the html document.
 
I. Number of Matches in Part and Date of Last Update on the NMAC Website
  This shows the number of matches in the html document. In the default setting of the search engine, the documents are ranked by the number of matches. The date shows the last time the html document was updated on the NMAC website.
 
J. Excerpt of the Part
  The first 400 characters of the document are shown in the result. If the search terms are in the excerpt, they will be highlighted.



The HTML Document of the Rule Text
The html document of the rule text can be accessed by clicking on the NMAC part number in the result. The rule text will have the search terms highlighted in yellow. See the example below.

HTML Document Example

In the html document of the rule, it is possible to jump to each instance of the search term by using the web browser. Click Edit in the browser's tool bar and a drop-down menu will appear. In that menu, click Find (on this Page) in Internet Explorer, Find in Page in Netscape, or Find in Top Window in AOL. A dialog box will appear asking for the search term. Type in the search term and hit enter or click the Find Next button.



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