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                           GNU Bool README

GNU Bool is a utility for finding files that match a boolean expression.

The boolean operators supported are AND, OR and NOT.  Also supported is
the NEAR operator for locating two expressions within a short distance
from each other.

The text processing algorithm understands that newlines don't always mean
the end of a sentence.  Therefore, the string "afternoon sun" matches
"afternoon\nsun" (notice the newline) because adjacent lines are assumed
to be in the same context.  On the other hand, two newlines would not
match because they normally indicate a new paragraph which means a
different context.  The dash character is also supported to separate
words before a newline, so the string "after-\nnoon sun" would match.

The HTML processing algorithm understands many features of the HTML 4.01
standard.  Entities such as é are supported in decimal as é or
in hexadecimal as é.  Elements also retain their structural meaning
where the string "daytime" matches "<b>day</b>time" because the bold text
style does not separate words.  On the other hand, "<p>day</p><p>time</p>"
does not match because paragraphs separate context.

See the file AUTHORS and THANKS for a list of authors and other

See the file INSTALL for compilation and installation instructions.

See the file NEWS for a description of major changes in this release.

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