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New - AUGUST 2000

The latest release, 1.5 rev 3 adds support for stop words.

Other news: While my new job is fun, I am a bit snowed under. It will probably be a while until I can find the time for a major release. A small Y2K fix has been included. Please note that ICE is now charityware for commercial applications, free otherwise. Other news: Donna Jaggard now offers commercial support and can set up your website for you.

ICE is an easy to install software package for indexing World Wide Web archives. By installing it as a CGI gateway under your Web server, users can perform searches on the Web servers document space.

It was originally developed in 1993 by me during my work at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics. It was originally pretty much a hack that aimed at fixing one of the World Wide Web weaknesses, namely the lack of a service for content based document searching. The software is constantly being improved, and has been ported to support a wide variety of platforms. While modern robotic search tools like WebCrawler and AltaVista provide very powerful search facilities, there is still a need for simple, easy to install local search engine. I hope that ICE can help fill this gap, and will provide a useful extension to your Web server.

Many thanks go to Stefanie Höfling and Bertram Kernke for their great patience while debugging my code.

Christian Neuss

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