Questions are asked and answered every day. Question answering (QA) technology aims to deliver the same facility online. It goes further than the more familiar search based on keywords (as in Google, Yahoo, and other search engines), in attempting to recognize what a question expresses and to respond with an actual answer. First, questions do not often translate into a simple list of keywords. For example, the question (1) Which countries did the pope visit in the 1960s?