Peter Morville > Collections > Search Patterns > Design Patterns

What

Advanced search often serves as an anti-pattern, a lesson in what not to do.

Only a few users actually use advanced search. Perhaps that's because most folks don't speak Boolean.

That said, it may be worth offering advanced features that are useful to a small yet important subset of users.

In any case, with a bit of ingenuity, most "advanced" capabilities can be subtly woven into the main search experience.

See Also

Advancing Advanced Search is a nice introductory article by Stephen Turbek.

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