Last modified: 2007-05-27 22:30:23 UTC
Most European languages use letters which not present in the standard ASCII set.
it would be IHMO very useful allowing a more elastic search, that is:
* ae, oe, ue for ä, ö, ü; for instance, Goedel for Gödel;
* ss for ß; for instance, Grossmann for Großmann;
* a, e, i etc. for à, á, â, è, é, ê, ì, í, î etc; for instance, geologie (and
gèologie) for géologie;
* n for ñ; for instance, Bunuel for Buñuel;
* o (don't know if it's the best letter) for ø; for instance, Kobenhavn for
* aa for å; for instance, Aahrus for Århus;
* C (or a better choice) for Č; for instance, Cesky for Česky;
* maybe others that I don't know.
this would be useful for a number of reasons:
# most keyboard layouts lack some letters;
# there is a long lasting tradition, among internet users, to avoid nonASCII
characters for compatibility, and, therefore, the habit to use "semplified"
# some of the previous substitutions are officially accepted in printing
conventions: it's the case of the German ae, oe, ue, ss;
# often somebody doesn't know the exact spelling for a world in a foreign language;
# Google does it already! :P
ñ is sometime transcripted as "nh"
(In reply to comment #1)
> ñ is sometime transcripted as "nh"
you're right, i didn't remember.
1) a search for 'emmaus' http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Search?search=emmaus&go=Consulter
matches only for 13% 'emmaüs'
2) a search for 'circe' http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Search?search=circe&go=Consulter
matches only for 1.4% 'circé' but 100% circ
sounds very impratical for at least french users who have a strong habit of non accentuated search strings
A simpler suggestion would be to ignore accents, this would be very useful for
languages such as french and greek, and i suppose for many others. This is the
way the google search engine works. Ok it does not help for special letters such
as the german β for example (sorry it's written in greek keyboard...), you need
to configure your keyboard to enter such letters but it would work better as a
standard and would be very helpful when you're not sure which accent goes on
which letter. That's my opinion anyway...
*** Bug 9606 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 920 ***