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Hyphen in the search term

Thread began 10/26/2010 10:41 am by rusty371577 | Last modified 11/02/2010 11:06 am by Jason Byrnes | 2373 views | 3 replies |

rusty371577

Hyphen in the search term

I have installed Search For Boss on one of my websites. It works perfectly except one thing. When a work has a hyphen in it the search displays no results.

Example:

Search: self-determination (correct spelling): The results are 0
Search: self determination (incorrect spelling): The results are 69
Search: selfdetermination (incorrect spelling): The results are 68

It seems the search does not like hyphens but many of the words in the site (Department of Ed website) have hyphens and they are correctly spelled with the hyphen. Not everyone uses the hyphens but I would like to make sure the search displays the same with our without the hyphen. What can I do to fix this little bug?

Thanks

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

make sure the hyphenated words that should be returned are included in your meta tags.

many search engines will only scan the first 250 - 300 lines of a web page for search terms.

If the hyphenated word is not included in the page in the first 250 to 300 lines, it will not be recorded as a search term for that page.

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rusty371577

I have made sure it is in the key words. The hyphened work is also in the title, and the content. If you search the same word without the hypen it works fine. So it is indexed but for some reason the hyphen is messing it up.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

please provide a url where I can investigate this issue.

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