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Dialog Launches New Portal to Classic DIALOG, Announces Major Enhancements to Dialog Web

Magazine article Information Today

Dialog Launches New Portal to Classic DIALOG, Announces Major Enhancements to Dialog Web

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At the recent Online World conference, The Dialog Corporation announced that it has launched DialogClassic, a high-speed, Web-based mode of access to its command-based flagship DIALOG service. Also introduced was the next version of Dialog Web, the company's graphical Web interface to DIALOG. These two information solutions now provide expert searchers with a complete range of Internet-based access options to the unparalleled power and content of DIALOG, according to the announcement.

As a Web portal to classic DIALOG, DialogClassic (http://www.dialogclassic.com) is aimed at information professionals who rely on accelerated links to specific data and quick turnaround on their searches. The company says that searchers pointing their browsers to DialogClassic are directly connected to a Dialog mainframe Web server, providing them with fast, efficient access to the DIALOG databases. This service is therefore a reliable, high-speed alternative for users who access classic DIALOG via telnet or third-party communications software.

The streamlined, non-graphical interface of DialogClassic enables faster page loading. It also offers knowledge workers more control over document management, enabling the display and printing of large quantities of records by using the browser's local cache settings and system resources. DialogClassic users also have the added advantage of viewing high-quality images or, in many cases, at least a greater level of clarity than through the DialogLink communications software. They can now display and download patent and trademark drawings in the actual size and format without sacrificing any of the resolution due to screen resizing.

The Dialog Corporation also announced plans to launch significant enhancements to DialogWeb (http://www.dialogweb.com) by year-end. Dialog reports that version 2.0 is ideal for information professionals who want the power and functionality of the DIALOG command language, but also want to extend DIALOG to end users via an easy-to-use, customizable Web interface. It includes an improved, more intuitive subject classification scheme and an improved guided search mode.

DialogWeb currently consists of two search modes: a command search mode for searches using the DIALOG command language, and a guided search mode for form-based searches that do not require knowledge of DIALOG commands. In version 2.0, the guided search mode will feature a further simplified subject hierarchy that categorizes DIALOG databases into eight subject areas: business, government, intellectual property, medicine and pharmaceuticals, news, reference, science and technology, and social sciences and humanities. …

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