The Future

  1. Complete move to object oriented programming
  2. mod_perl (perl process running inside the web server)
  3. Java
    1. servlets (JVM running inside the web server)
    2. regular expressions a bit problematic
  4. XML
  5. XPat
    1. update region indexing to use nsgmls, rather than the older sgmls
    2. allow indexing of XML
    3. allow for the use of Unicode in marked up text
    4. build in knowledge of SGML/XML element ancestry; perhaps use the DOM
    5. Simultaneous awareness of and ability to ignore markup which may intervene in strings of text being searched
  6. XSLT for filtering into HTML (assumes using XML in data and valid XML being retrieved)