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Wikimedia projects use an extended search tool based on the Java Lucene search tool. It would be nice to incorporate that into the Wikitravel server, too. It's supposedly faster and more flexible. --Evan 22:00, 28 September 2006 (EDT)

This is implemented on review. You can try the search on http://wikitravel.org/review/Special:Search . Kevin Sours, the main travel site developer for Internet Brands, did the work to integrate this for Wikitravel. This is the first step with using Lucene. In the future, hopefully, we'll be able to have more targeted search, like "Find UNESCO World Heritage sites near Cologne", "Find a Mexican restaurant within 10 miles of my hotel with a price range of $8-15 per entree" or "Find all the salsa dance club in Connecticut". As we move to use more structured listings, this will be more possible. --Evan 13:41, 1 June 2007 (EDT)
We want to roll this out in production soon, so please test out the review version. --Evan 13:41, 1 June 2007 (EDT)
One thing I like about this is that the default search engine doesn't work well with short words. For example, http://wikitravel.org/en/Special:Search?search=San comes up with no results. http://wikitravel.org/review/Special:Search?search=San works correctly. --Evan 16:45, 11 June 2007 (EDT)

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