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How to search for words with accents?

Many languages contain words with accents: "tête" in French, "während" in German, "inflamaciòn" in Spanish, etc.

Many languages contain words with accents: "tête" in French, "während" in German, "inflamaciòn" in Spanish, etc.
The search for these words sometimes causes problems. There may be spelling mistakes or variations in the texts, e.g. because of the use of capitals. Or the user may not be sure which accent to use.

As a rule EH expects you to spell the word correctly. However, there is a way to improve your search results.
You can replace the character with an accent by a question mark and in this way search for all variations of the same word at the same time.

An example in Spanish:
The correctly spelled word "inflamaciòn" yields 2,826 symptoms. The variation "inflamacion" yields 6,371 symptoms, mostly because the accent was not written.
Now if you type "inflamaci?n" the program will search for words where the question mark is replaced by any other letter. This yields 9,196 symptoms.

Be aware that the question mark will add all words to your search with any letter instead of the question mark.

An example in Portuguese:
Searching for "ins?nia" would find all variations of "insônia" (sleeplessness), but also, all variations of "insania" (insanity).

So, be sure how you use this feature.

 


Entry from: 14.08.2006
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