RE: Pleasurable typo (and the horror of Google)

Subject: RE: Pleasurable typo (and the horror of Google)
From: <Brian -dot- Henderson -at- mitchell1 -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2010 14:18:19 -0800

I didn't know this until today, but there's a difference (at least with
Google) between a single word not in quotes and a single word enclosed
in quotes. I didn't include quotes around "configurine" on my first
search, because I assumed that one word was an absolute. This is not the
case. "Configurine" WITH quotes returns only "configurine" hits.

The problem with x-ray is that all non-alphanumeric characters are
treated equally; "x-ray" and "x ray" (in quotes) are equal. "Xray",
though, is not equal. It won't be included in the hits for the first


-----Original Message----- From: Guy K. Haas

OK, then. What if I want to find instances of

x ray

There would appear to be no syntax, no way of stating the pattern, to
say "Don't ignore punctuation." If I want "x" followed by white space
followed by "ray" but NOT "xray", there's no way to specify that.


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