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Re: [RFC] Zenmap search interface overhaul
From: Fyodor <fyodor () insecure org>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 17:43:44 -0700

On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 01:30:34PM -0600, David Fifield wrote:
On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 09:15:22PM +0200, Vladimir Mitrovic wrote:

Neither. It means "all scans after 00:00 on January 9." Fuzziness should
only increase, never decrease, the range of dates searched.

Similarly before:~date would push the date forward in time a day. Again
we have to make a decision. Does before:2008-01-10 mean, "before 00:00
on January 10" or "before 00:00 on January 11"? In other words, does
"before" really mean "on or before"? My inclination is to choose the
more expansize option, "on or before", just like "after" is "on or
after". So for this example "before:~2008-01-10" means "all scans before
00:00 on January 12."

Hi David.  I think you have some great ideas related to search
keywords.  But I'm not sure I understand the value of ~ "fuzzyness".
It sounds like after:2008-01-10 already includes anything on that day
or later in your plan.  If I want to add a day to be on the safe side
or because I'm not sure of semantics, wouldn't specifying
after:2008-01-9 be just as easy and more intutive than
after:~2008-01-10?  And if I want 3 extra buffer days, why would
after:~~2008-01-10 be any simpler than after:2008-01-07?  Who is going
to remember a special syntax for adding an extra day or three, when
they can just add or subtract the days from the date given directly?

Why have the fuzziness, when it's just a shorthand for operations with
precise semantics? The answer is that I don't want to have to remember
precise semantics when I'm searching.

If someone doesn't remember whehter after: and before: include the day
in question, what are the odds that they will remember the meaning of
"~" and "~~"?

Cheers,
-F

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