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AltaVista Canada Site Enhanced, Expanded

AltaVista Canada unveiled a new look this week, focusing on direct and easy bilingual paths to relevant Canadian and global sites.

The new cleaner, less graphic site offers quicker response, easier navigation, and provides users with one-click access to search results based on six specialty searches: Canada-only, world, news, government, agriculture, and health.

In the past 12 months, the AltaVista Canada index has grown by more than 25 percent to include an additional five million new Canadian pages, bringing the total number of pages in the Canadian index to more than 25 million.

According to AltaVista Canada, this represents between 50 and 90 percent more Canadian Web pages than any other search engine in the world.

"We are raising the search technology bar in terms of Canadian-specific index size, relevancy of results and index freshness," said Sandro Berardocco, AltaVista Canada manager.

Among the new features enhancing the site are continually updated Canadian Press national and international news stories, "hot searches" providing access access to the day's top searches, and a classified directory of Canadian and global Web sites organized by categories, including specifically Canadian ones.

"We are continuously updating our site to ensure that it is not only the most comprehensive in terms of Canadian information," said Berardocco, "but also that it offers the features and services that Canadian users need most."