- As you may have found in some
commercial database searching, proximity operators can be useful
tools for making searches more precise.
- Google does not offer a
proximity operator (other than phrase searching), but the company
made its "application programming interface" or
"API" available for public use. What the API does is make
it possible to create programs that interact with the Google
- Kevin Shay of Staggernation.com
has created several
API-based applications for use with the Google search engine
database, of which the Google API Proximity Search (GAPS) is the
- GAPS provides a 1-to-3-word
proximity control with a pulldown menu.
- A second pulldown menu allows
you to specify that the words be in order from left to right or in
either direction from each other.
- You can also employ any of the
operators or limits that can be used in the basic entry fields of
Google. See the example below.
- Try the following search out in
Google then in the GAPS interface to Google.