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Basic search

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.

Advanced search

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 search behavior.

+ 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.
Example:
+spinal -meeting will return all pages containing the word "spinal" and not the word "meeting"

* wildcard
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", "painless" etc.

? wildcard
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" or "nevermind".

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.

 

 

 
 

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