Sharing Command Languages and Software,
SOCIETE TELESYSTEMES-QUESTEL PARIS (FRANCE)
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QUESTEL-PLUS is the new product developed by TELESYSTEMES in colaboration with INFORMATECH Canada. The need for a portable retrieval software initially occurred in a network environment with different computers, especially for INFORMATECH portability on IBM and for CEDOCAR, the French Centre de Documentation de lArmement portability on Honeywell Bull - DPS 7 hardware. QUESTEL PLUS is actually developed today on an IBM mainframe and is installed on IBM 4341-2, 8 Mbytes main memory, 25 Gbytes disc drives, 3081 and is to be implemented soon on DPS 782, 8 Mybtes, 20 Gbytes disc drives. The first results are very encouraging, especially concerning the efficiency of the package. This should demonstrate that it is feasible to have a portable system open to distributed techniques, multilingual access, able to manage very large data bases several million documents in a data base, several indexes of several million terms each, up to 250 different labelled fields in a document, up to 250 paragraphs in a field, up to 250 sentences in a paragraph, up to 250 words in a sentence. It is important when the concepts of gateway, Videotex and host are converging, to have the basic tools ready for upgrading information delivery.