Apple's e.g.

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What is Apple's e.g.?

What is e.g. ?

e.g. is a full text retrieval common gateway interface (CGI) that allows you to index your Web site and make it searchable to browsers surfing your site.  It is a technology demonstration showing some of the features of a search engine developed in Apple's Advanced Technology Group.  e.g. is not meant to be a full-featured product and is not supported by Apple Computer.  Do NOT call the Apple support hotline if you have a problem with e.g.


Note: Apple e.g. works in conjunction with your MacHTTP or WebSTAR web server.


Why is it called "e.g."?

The American Heritage Dictionary defines e.g. as follows:

"e.g. Lat. exempli gratia (for example)."

e.g. allows users to specify queries by example. After searching your site the user is presented with a "hit list" of documents that matched the query terms entered.  The user may then select documents of interest and submit a new query specifying that the new hit list should contain documents like the selected documents from the previous hit list.


Setting up the e.g. software

Follow the steps in this section to set up the e.g. CGI. Once you've set up e.g., you can modify several options and settings, as described in the next section.

1.  Copy the contents of the e.g. folder to the root of your WebSTAR folder.  The following files must be copied or the CGI will not function properly:

· eg.acgi
· 0.gif
· 1.gif
· EGTemplate.html

2. Launch WebSTAR.

3. Double-click the eg.acgi icon.

4. The first time you launch the CGI you're asked to agree to the terms of the license agreement.  Read the agreement carefully and click the Accept button.

5. A dialog box asks you if you want to use the auto-setup feature.  Auto-setup will do the following:

·    Set the eg root folder to the WebSTAR root folder.
·    Set the auto index date to midnight.
· Index the entire contents of your WebSTAR folder.

If you want to do all of those things, click the Setup button.  If not, you will have to perform each step manually. Instructions for manual setup are contained later in this document in the various menu item descriptions.

6. You may want to customize the way the search form looks by modifying the "EGTemplate.html" file.  The template file is divided into 3 sections: the header, the egcontent, and the footer.  You have complete control of how the page looks except for the egcontent section.
The file must be called "EGTemplate.html" and must have the <egcontent> tag in it somewhere.
Currently the egcontent section is hard-coded into the CGI itself and cannot be modified.  This may change in the future.

7. Add a link from your home page to the CGI to allow browsers to search your Web site.  The link should look like this:

See the next section for details about how to control the performance of the e.g. CGI.

Download Apple's e.g. for Mac

Apple_e.g._1.0b18.sit (573.31 KiB / 587.07 KB)
Apple e.g. v1.0b18 (1996)/ 68K compatible / compressed w/ Stuffit
1 / 2017-03-04 / ef9e0069670b088e710e2592d6e7ef8c7cadbbc6 / /
Apple_e.g._1.1b3.sit (466.25 KiB / 477.44 KB)
Apple e.g. v1.1b3 (1997) / PPC only / compressed w/ Stuffit
0 / 2017-03-04 / d113025d38c08fc84523f018e8e684101c55cb90 / /


Motorola 68K

System Requirements

From Mac OS 8.0 up to Mac OS 9.2

Compatibility notes

Architecture: 68K (v1.0b18) / PPC (v1.1b3)

At least 2.6MB of free RAM

Mac OS 8.x - Mac OS 9.2.2

Note: Requires MacHTTP or WebSTAR web server.


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