Full text search is unsatisfactory, does not find parts of words

In contrast to English, in German languange there are lots of long or composite words. It is therefore that users of a full text search in a Wiki like Confluence expect that if they enter a part of a word (not necessarily its start), results are found nonetheless.

Example: Our pages contain the word Kanalhaltung a lot. People looking for haltung never get any seach results. Seaching for Kanalhal also doesn't find anything. Only complete or almost complete words are found. Of course, the average user doesn't know about wildcards.

I gather from

http://confluence.atlassian.com/display/DOC/Confluence+Search+Syntax

that it is not possible to search for words ending a a certain term, even using wildcards?

This is a feature that will be essential to get the user acceptance in our field. If this means that the search will take longer, this is not a problem.

Is there any way to configure the search to be more tolerant and return more results?

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Joe Clark Atlassian Team Jan 12, 2012

This was opened as a feature request quite some time ago, but it looks like we (Atlassian) decided not to investigate it further. https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/CONF-13499

Granted this issue was filed nearly 4 years ago, so maybe the situation has changed - you could try creating a new feature request.

for people working in Dutch it would be great too :-)

for people working in Dutch it would be great too :-)

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