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  • Blog Post: Word Breaking Japanese Is Hard

    Recently a Japanese user wondered why searching for " あいう " or " あいうえ " would not find a document containing the string " あいうえおかきくけこさしすせそ " even though searching for " あい " or " あいうえお " would find it. Recall that the default for search in Vista is that we look for words beginning with what you typed...
  • Blog Post: Why is searching for large numbers working poorly in Vista?

    Say you have a document containing the number 1234567890 (it might be a part number or an invoice number) and another containing the number 1234567891 (presumably the next part or invoice). You want to find the former document so you do Start > Search and type in 1234567890 but the result contains...
  • Blog Post: Character based versus word based search, or Searching with wildcards on Windows Vista

    There is a major difference between file search on Windows XP and desktop search on Windows Vista (or on Windows XP with Windows Desktop Search [WDS] installed) that has perhaps not been made sufficiently clear. On Windows XP search is character based. That is, if you search for a string 'test', it...
  • Blog Post: New Mansions in Search - Advanced Query Syntax

    With the Windows Vista General Availability behind us, it's time to call attention to one of the useful features of the new search facilities in Vista. I am sure that you have noticed that there are "search boxes" sprinkled in strategic places across the user interface, in particular: In the...
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