Changing the face of Search: LookAhead is much more than a type-ahead, auto-completion, or "suggest" methodology. It reflects the next generation of search and goes well beyond the search box and button to the new paradigm of a search palette (SearchPal) offering semantically- and lexically-related search options.
LookAhead is award winning technology: SearchEngineWatch March, 2005.
Two important reasons for using LookAhead: (1) Improve the search satisfaction of visitors to your site and (2) improve your site ROI! Do it easily, rapidly, cost-effectively. Lookahead compliments your site's existing Search with lexically-based search capabilities! LookAhead is the first and the best at what it offers, with many advanced features planned for the future.
Two important reasons for using a lexicon: Done properly, a lexicon is much more than an index to the words on a site, such as might result from a search engine's indexing of your site. A lexicon is a controlled vocabulary that provides the user with (1) a more intelligent, site-centric association of concepts, terms, and products, and
(2) a stand-alone comprehensive vocabulary of all and any content you want to use to reference and represent your site (see LexIt).
Pioneering: SurfWax Inc. developed LookAhead in early 2003 and released LookAhead (for news) almost a year (Jan, 2004) before Google Suggest appeared (Dec, 2004), as noted by SearchEngineWatch. But it is not about "who's first." We all know Google does good work. It is all about improving site-centric search. In that area SurfWax leads with singular focus and expertise. The goal of LookAhead is to deliver search excellence -- insight into the content/lexicon of a site before the search -- as a compliment to search (websites and intranets).
Our Mission: SurfWax Inc. has developed leading-edge Practical Tools for finding and using information on the Internet. We started with developing controlled vocabulary (lexical) tools in 1998 and LookAhead represents the culmination of this work to help users find, summarize, and use information.