Here are some tips for using the IDS info centers.
To search a particular topic or a set of topics in the 11.50 info center:
1. Select the topic in the left-hand side navigation tree.
2. Click Search Topics on the toolbar above the navigation pane.
3. Choose Search this topic or Search this topic and all subtopics. A search dialog box appears.
4. Enter your query in the Search field, and click OK.
Note that the procedure for doing this in the v10.0 or v11.10 info center is a bit different; you select the topic and then click the arrow next to the topic title.
You might have noticed that no matter where you go in the info center, the URL stays the same. Each topic, however, does have a unique URL. To copy the URL of a particular topic, select the topic title in the navigation tree, right-click it, and choose Copy Shortcut or Copy Link Location. Topics that come from books also have the URL at the very bottom of the topic.
Subscribing to information center updates
You can subscribe to the IDS information center RSS feed to stay up-to-date with the latest updates in the information center. You can add this feed to your preferred RSS reader. When the information center is updated, you will receive a notification in your selected RSS reader with a link to the updated content. Looks for the RSS link on the information center home page.
Improving your search results
Use the following techniques to improve the search results that are returned:
· Search for exact words or phrases by using double quotation marks. For example, if you enter "log file" in the Search field, you search for all occurrences of the string log file. Without the double quotation marks, the search returns topics that contain instances of both the word log and the word file.
· Use wild card characters, such as the asterisk (*) and question mark (?):
o Use an asterisk (*) for multiple unknown or variable characters in the search query. For example, if you enter par*, the search returns topics that contain partly, participate, partial, and other words that begin with par.
o Use a question mark for a single character in the search query. For example, if you enter par?, the search returns topics that contain part, but not partial or partly.
· Use Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT to make your search more specific:
database AND "log file"
Narrows the search to return any topics that contain both the term database and the phrase log file.
database OR "log file"
Widens the search to return topics that contain either the term database or the phrase log file.
database NOT "log file"
Narrows the search to return any topics that contain database and that do not contain the phrase log file.
database OR "data base" NOT "log file"
Searches for topics that contain either the term database or the phrase data base and that do not contain the phrase log file.