Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Google Hack: overriding word breaks

Recently, while working on an Inno installer project, I grew frustrated at Google for returning many "...in no..." results while searching for the string "inno". The solution to override word breaks in Google is to add a preceeding "+" (e.g. +Inno). Not sure why but I thought it was cool I actually received a response from Google:

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Re: [#26513876] inno search
1 message

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help@google.com Mon, May 23, 2005 at 8:02 PM
To: jeff.com
Hi Jeff,

Thank you for your note. To help "force" a particular search term, you can include a + symbol in front of the word or words you're searching for. For example, a search for [ +inno ] returns the following search results:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&safe=off&c2coff=1&q=%2Binno&btnG=Search

For additional tips, please see http://www.google.com/help/refinesearch.html or check out http://www.google.com/help/operators.html. If you'd like a little guidance, try searching from our Advanced Search page: http://www.google.com/advanced_search

Regards,
The Google Team

Original Message Follows:
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From: jeff.com
Subject: inno search
Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 18:12:35 -0000

Hi, I'm trying to search on the word inno but it returns results 'in no'.
Enclosing in quotes doesn't seem to help. Suggestions?

Thanks.

Jeff...


Language: en
WebUserLocale: en
IssueType: find_specific

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