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Making searches ignore accented characters

How to allow users to type search queries without using diacritics and still find what they're looking for.

Accent sensitivity

When Index Manager builds an index, it is by default accent-aware. This way, users can search for accented characters as well as unaccented ones, and Index Manager will distinguish between them.

Making Index Manager ignore diacritics in search strings

You can, however, make Index Manager insensitive to accents by opening the index properties and going to the Advanced page. There you will find a checkbox labeled Make searches accent insensitive. When this is enabled, Index Manager will ignore accents when indexing and treat them as regular unaccented characters. Thus it will be possible for a French user, for example, to search both for précipité and precipite and return all hits with or without the accents.

A note to Scandinavian users: The special Scandinavian characters æ, ä, ø, ö and å are treated as accented versions of a and o. Hence, when searching in archives with Scandinavian metadata, it makes sense to retain accent sensivity (by not selecting the checkbox in question).

Important: Changing this setting requires a complete rebuild of the index since it controls how Index Manager interprets the files' metadata at the time when the index is built.