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James Zukowski

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Non-Wildcard Search in Documentation
« on: September 17, 2018, 05:33:32 PM »
I wanted to help someone understand what was available with *next, *same, etc. Unfortunately, when I type *next or "*next" into the Search For box, it responds:
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Words in your query may not start with the wild-card characters "?" or "*".
Can something be done to allow this type of entry for a search?
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James Zukowski
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Re: Non-Wildcard Search in Documentation
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2018, 07:05:52 PM »
Unfortunately there is no web search engine that will do this.  Generally search engines read web sites and pull out individual words and save these.  Special characters, and in particular the asterisk, are generally not considered or maintained in the search results.

We have not found any Web Search tool that allows for the searching of an asterisk.

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Re: Non-Wildcard Search in Documentation
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2018, 09:53:48 AM »
So there's no way to quote characters or strings? Nothing like "*star" or \*star ...?
James Zukowski
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Re: Non-Wildcard Search in Documentation
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2018, 10:37:22 AM »
Unfortunately no -- not for a web site search, at least not that we have found. 

The search we provide (FreeFind), Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ask, even DuckDuckGo don't have any means to search for a string containing an asterisk within a web-site.