I never expected to see “BNF” in a Mylio Forum! (For the public, the Backus-Naur form is a way of specifying or elucidating the bones of a computer language or, er, a search query.)
I’ve always thought the Mylio search function was an orphan, a sort-of MS-DOS relic, left in a corner of the very sophisticated, consumer-oriented, Mylio interface. Perhaps it’s time to throw some resources at it? The recent addition of boolean terms is much appreciated and useful but I’m afraid for 99% of the Mylio user base search is a frustrating, opaque, jeez-fuhgeddiboutit service.
No normal person is ever going to remember the nomenclature and, in particular, no photographer, graphic artist, or elderly person is ever going to remember how it works. They’ll just enter a word or two and expect to see a lot of garbage but down near the bottom there will be their picture of Johnny’s birthday party.
Don’t make the search field free form, make it a filtered query. Give them a pop-up menu of the classes; then, maybe give them a pop-up menu of the potential results. And then give them a way to add ANDS and ORS and NOTS and SORTAS () to fill out the search. The Mac Nisus Writer PowerFind is a good, refined example of how to do this.
Mylio_Deon? Wouldn’t that be fun to do?