Aug 16, 2012 David Lang

Wouldn't It Be Nice? More Flexible Searching

Accordance searching has always been about precision. When you enter a word or phrase, that exact entry is found. Your search results are not cluttered with approximate hits. You simply find what you're looking for.

Unfortunately, that level of precision can be a bit of a double-edged sword—especially when you don't know exactly what you're looking for.

Now, Accordance has always had built in ways to broaden a search and make it more flexible, such as wildcard symbols, search commands, and fuzzy searches; but using those techniques requires a level of expertise that is becoming less common among new Accordance users. When Accordance started, the average computer user was comfortable using wildcards and Boolean commands, but the post-Google generation has no desire to bother with that stuff.

Wouldn't it be nice if Accordance offered an option to find what you want even if it's not exactly what you enter? For example, wouldn't it be nice if you could enter something like seek find and end up with a result like this?


Hmmmm. It sure would be nice.

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Richard Hendricks

August 16, 2012 1:01 PM

Wouldn't it be nice if Accordance released the new software already.  Hmmmm. It sure would be nice.


August 17, 2012 10:41 AM

Actually it would be nice if I could search within the search results… When search is done, there could be some additional search entry field where I could search for some specific word in search results list.


August 17, 2012 3:19 PM


You can already do this. Simply open another window, and search using the search command "CONTENTS" of the window with your search results. For more information, check the manual for the search command "CONTENTS" or ask around in the forum.


August 17, 2012 6:47 PM


Wouldn't it be nice if I could simply do that in the same window, without knowing exact syntax? Because current search commands are powerful, but I have to use manual to run them. The same CONTENTS command doesn't work if you don't add <AND> after it. It would be nice if any novice could use these features without knowing syntax, just graphically selecting options.

Hmmmm. It sure would be nice.