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Ignore accents in browser search

<10kB. Updated 2018-07-30. Supports both Anki 2.0.x and 2.1.x.


Ignore accents and diacritical marks used by various languages when searching in the card browser and match only against the base characters. This allows you to enter only the base characters in the browser search bar even if your notes have the words written with the marks included. Please submit any issues or contributions to the add-on's github page. Current version: 1.9 Changes in 1.9: - Fix broken widget order around the search bar Changes in 1.8: - Anki 2.1 support. The add-on will no longer receive updates for Anki 2.0.x Changes in 1.7 - Supports any language, although searches are now slower.


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on 1569589758
Good, but very slow
on 1569416515
Unfortunately, it’s very slow and the performance is really bad. :(
on 1566313963
Āce, wōrks fōr Lātīn mācrōns tōō.
on 1565170165
One downside: significantly slows down search.

@ the reviewer from 25.10.2014: I as a German native speaker have never heard of "Mahd" and had to look it up. It's limited to the south-eastern area of the German language space.
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on 1555786410
A must have add-on, for sure! Thanks! It also allows to ignore capital letters.
on 1548792692
Works great! However, at first I didn't realise that I had to tick the box next to the search bar and so I thought it didn't work.
on 1547380927
Super cool, made my life lot easier
on 1537618700
doesn't work with me i don't know why with : é è on anki 2.0 and 2.1 with only this on as an add on : its the same probleme !!! help

can someone help me please ?
on 1537294358
I need this all the time, great!
on 1532185974
Großartig, danke
on 1524700800
Made my life way easier (working with French decks).
on 1523836800
Normalizing unicode is hard, and this plugin is great. Thanks so much!
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on 1519171200
This is great for ancient Greek, wish I'd found it sooner!
on 1513036800
Does what it says on the tin.
on 1512518400
It works!
on 1510704000
Perfect !
on 1505692800
Great for Latin too!

Thanks so much for providing exactly the functionality I realized I needed. Works great even with combining diacritics.
on 1475539200
A great addition for Chinese learners

Let me count the ways in which I love this add-on. This makes it much easier to search Chinese pinyin when you are not sure of the tones. Brilliant!
on 1460505600
Thank you so much!!!

Great add on! So incredibly useful for Arabic! Thank you.
on 1422230400
Very good

Please extend it to ignore case.
I use accents in Russian, and with this add-on, the search ignores them, which is great. I also use Upper Case to indicate accent, when I can't generate them from the keyboard (which is most of the time). This review would show 5 stars if the search also ignored case.
on 1418428800
Just awesome!

Great addon. It saves you a lot of time. Other great thing would be that if you write "ss", the browser search recognizes it as "ß".
on 1414195200

Thanks very much!

Just to give a further example of this addon's usefulness - Duden and other dictionaries of German usually indicate short vowels by a subscript dot, and long vowels by a subscript line. With this addon, one can search for (say) “Mahd”, and the Browser window will display not only “Mahd” but also “Ma̱hd”.
on 1399248000
Great Addon for skipping characters

This is a great addon for skipping any UTF-code character that you want. For my example: I am skipping diacritical tone marks and accent marks for Russian words. Just add the unicode-numbers that you want to skip to the addon code. Thanks a lot for saving me a loooooot of time. :))))) Maybe you can rewrite the name and description here on this website, so people searching for a UTF-Code skipping addon (generally, not only for Arabic/Hebrew diacritics) find it more quickly.
on 1390953600

Highly recommend it! Works great.
One feature request though: I'm learning both Hebrew and Arabic; if possible, it would be great to see someone extend this plugin to also work with niqqud, i.e. also strip out Hebrew diacritics.
on 1384041600
Great addon

I recommend this for everyone using Arabic.