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Richard Wallis

Take your point about the apparent incompatibilities between the URL syntaxes, but that's where A9's OpenSearch Description Document comes in to play.

Under the hood the implementations maybe different [I would also love consistency, unfortunately reality doesn't often work out like that] but by reading the description document from the search service provider A9, and any other OpenSearch client, will understand how to interoperate with it.

NISO Metasearch Collection & Service descriptions I hear you shout. Well yes but can you see Amazon going down that road? Neither can I, and the Amazoogles are much better Internet Pied Pipers than the Libraries are.

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