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Ignore accents in browser search

<10kB. Updated 2020-11-28.
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- This add-on had to be reworked in response to major changes to the internals of Anki. As a result, it is only available for Anki version 2.1.28 and above. - The toggle button has been removed. If this add-on is installed, it will always search as if the feature is enabled. 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. Changes in 2.4: - Fix handling deck searches where the quotes are after the keyword. I.e: deck:"my deck" Changes in 2.3: - Now handles negation, grouping, and 'and|or' keywords - Doesn't mangle your search term quoting or keyword order Changes in 2.2: - Fix handling of negated terms (e.g.: -is:due) Changes in 2.1: - Correctly handle deck names with spaces Changes in 2.0: - Reworked to continue working with newest Anki releases. 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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EDIT: You don't need this add-on anymore, it's directly implemented in Anki 2.1.50+
Tools > Preferences > Ignore accents in search

Works great.

Would be nice if œ and æ would return results for oe and ae.
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Love it!
on 1644500623
Is this addon incompatible with tags like "current_events" because of the underscore? Several tag-related searches are not returning any results for me and I narrowed the issue down to this specific addon. A toggle or the ability to add exceptions for certain characters would fix this.
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Thank you
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I Love it
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Wow this is awesome. Works great with Greek language!
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Great addon, but it needs an update!

It doesn't work properly in 2.1.41+. A lot of results are missing in the search.
Comment from author before post was edited
The add-on has been updated to work again but requires Anki 2.1.28.
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Super add-on for someone learning Português!

Since removal of the checkbox, how do I do a search that contains accented characters and where I specifically want to _exclude_ those results that don't contain these accented characters. In other words, it's the opposite behaviour of the original checkbox or of the standard Anki "nc:" search. Does my question make sense?
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Not working 2.40?

Please :(
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I am so happy that this works with Arabic. Truly life-changing. Thank you!
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Doesn't even work with British and American accents. For example, I have a card with the name savor (American), but when I search using the field name:*savour* it doesn't find it.
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Super cool, made my life lot easier
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Très très bon greffon ! Un tout grand MERCI ! Je l'utilise avec succès pour le grec moderne : vous me faites gagner un temps précieux.
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nice addon
on 1596809008
Super useful.
on 1595750705
This is such a useful add-on for ancient Greek. Thank you!
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The addon was much more comfortable and more intuitive to use than the new 'nc:...' syntax as introduced in Anki 2.1.24.
I don't like to write 'nc:' every time I use the search. (It should be vice versa: the ones who need to search for accents etc. should use a special syntax.)
Comment from author
The add-on has been updated to work again but requires Anki 2.1.28.
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works great
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Good, but very slow
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Unfortunately, it’s very slow and the performance is really bad. :(
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Āce, wōrks fōr Lātīn mācrōns tōō.
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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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A must have add-on, for sure! Thanks! It also allows to ignore capital letters.
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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.
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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 ?
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I need this all the time, great!
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Großartig, danke
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Made my life way easier (working with French decks).
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Normalizing unicode is hard, and this plugin is great. Thanks so much!
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This is great for ancient Greek, wish I'd found it sooner!
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Does what it says on the tin.
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Perfect !
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Great for Latin too!

Thanks so much for providing exactly the functionality I realized I needed. Works great even with combining diacritics.
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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!
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Thank you so much!!!

Great add on! So incredibly useful for Arabic! Thank you.
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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.
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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".
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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”.
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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.
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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.
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Great addon

I recommend this for everyone using Arabic.