Search function and accent/umlaut marks

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Search function and accent/umlaut marks

Postby Richard Mix » 20 Oct 2017 06:01

I've been asked a question about searching without special characters at,_help,_and_feedback&action=submit#Add_Work_to_New_Page that I can't answer. Is it feasible to have "search" give Fauré as a result for "Faure" and so forth, as Google does?

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Re: Search function and accent/umlaut marks

Postby choralia » 21 Oct 2017 06:26

We use the MediaWiki software, which includes a rather basic search function, unable to manage special characters the way one normally expects from more advanced search engines.

To support more advanced search functions we can implement the same solution adopted by Wikipedia, i.e., installing a specific MediaWiki extension named CirrusSearch. It may be the right time now to do that, as we've recently upgraded the system to a very recent version of the MediaWiki software, so we can install recent versions of the CirrusSearch extension as well.


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Re: Search function and accent/umlaut marks

Postby Claude_T » 22 Oct 2017 05:19

I think it will be useful to install such search system.
Anyway, we'd have to implement a Fauré/Faure disambiguation page that wasn't useful until now. Not a problem, though. :)

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