Search rules

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Search rules

1)   Attachments (like Word or Excel documents) are not included in the search index.

2)   Searching for phrases is not currently possible.

3)   Searching is currently limited to simple search terms using the AND operation. (Note that AND operation is implicit with a space between words; users should not type AND in their searches – doing so will make and part of the search.).

4)   There are two wildcard search characters:

a)     * is a substitute for one or more characters. Examples:

i)     Searching for *fix would find the words prefix and suffix.

ii)    Searching for Stor* will find entries with story and stories.

b)     ? is a substitute for a single character. Example:

i)      ni?o return both nino and niño

5)   The use of special characters within searches is discouraged unless it forms a part of the search term. Such characters include: "/\,+=-(){}|?<>. Note: The Spanish ñ can be used in a search and will return results, but the highlighting feature will not highlight words with this character.

6)   Consider using the wildcard character ? when searching for words with accented characters. It is likely that both accented and unaccented versions of the same word will be in the database.

7)    Search term matching is case-insensitive but exact, so searching cannot compensate for typos. If you search for sand it will match Sand, but it will not match san. If you want to search for all words starting with san, use the wildcard character *. So, the search text would be: san*

8)    Text highlighting uses different logic than the search term index so you will notice that text will be highlighted even when it doesn't fit the search term exactly. For example, if you search tree text highlighting will also highlight the first part of the word "trees" as well as "tree".