AltaVista search in various languages

From: Leong Kok Yong (
Date: Thu Jul 17 1997 - 06:03:55 EDT


Recently, i found out that AltaVista can allows user to search in various
languages. I was delighted and went straight to

But when i type in double-byte Chinese GB or Big5 characters, it return

No documents match the query.
The term does not appear in the index.
You might want to check the spelling.

It is not currently possible to search for multi-byte characters within a
Chinese document.

Then why did they bother to introduce the double-byte languages in the
first place when it's not working?!?!

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