Search engine tips
To use the search engine facility,
simply type in keywords in the search box and click the Find button.
The number of characters is not limited by the size
of the search box. Once the search has been performed, the search engine displays
a list of the BPS website page names that contain the keywords, together with
a short description and a link. Clicking the link takes you the page in question.
By default the search engine tries to locate pages which
have exact matches for all of the words entered in your search query. If that
fails, it then tries to locate pages which contain any words in your search
query. If that happens a short message is displayed at the top of the search
results indicating this has been done.
In addition, there are several ways to modify the default
+ and - qualifiers
If you prepend a word with + that word is required
to be on the page. If you prepend a word with - that word is required to not
be on the page.
-meeting will return all pages containing the
word "spinal" and not the word "meeting"
If a query word ends with a *, all words on
a page which start the same way as that query word will match.
Example: pain* will return all pages that contain the words "pain", "painful",
If a query word contains a ? any character will match that position.
Example: b?g will return all pages containing the word "big", "bag",
"bug", "bog" etc.
All of these techniques can be combined.
Example: +alway* -ne??r* will
return pages with the word "always" that do not contain the word "never"
PDF, Word & PowerPoint support
PDF (Acrobat), Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint files are treated as
html pages by the search engine and are fully indexed and searchable.