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Re: String Searching


  • Subject: Re: String Searching
  • From: "Denis Robitaille" <DRobitaille@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 10:10:53 -0400

fixed

On the logical file definition, you can use a translation table that will 
equate all similar letters (E e   ...). The file level keyword is 
ALTSEQ(table-name). If you want i could email you the detail of the table (a 
lot of hex caracters). If you are interested, email me privetly.

Denis Robitaille
Cascades Inc
819 363 5187
fax 819 363 5177
DRobitaille@cascades.com

>>> "Doug Holmes" <doug@netserv.ouac.on.ca> 05/27 3:42 PM >>>
Hi,

We stores people's names in our database in mixed upper-/lower- case, and mixed 
english/french characters.  We've gradually been experiencing little problems 
now with 
name searches, alphabetically sorted lists, etc., since the characters get 
sorted  {a,b, 
..., z, A, B, ..., Z} and english letters like "e" and "a" not being equal to 
"e`" and "a`" 
(i.e. letter with french accent above).  So, names like "de Silva" do not sort 
with the 
rest of the "D's", "von ..." do not sort with the rest of the "V's", etc. We've 
tossed 
around a couple of solutions like:

1) storing another version of the name fields in strict upper-case/english 
only, and 
using that for searching, then displaying the other version to users

2) building temporary files containing the same as in 1) as needed

3) translating the data in the input records and search arguments on the fly as 
they're 
read from the file (which may mean reading the complete file in some 
applications, or 
at least more reads than just doing a basic "<search argument> SETLL <file> and 
<search argument> READE <file>" (we're RPG users <grin>). 

Does anyone have any other tricks or solutions that you'd be willing to share?

Thanks in advance,
Doug
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