> I want to search for Adobe Illustrator art files. These have ".ai" suffix.
> For example, searching for a file "cable.ai", the search engines I tried
> won't preserve the dot; they return results where "cable" and "ai" are
> Are there search engines that will treat the dot as part of the search
I am not aware of any search engine (yet) that deals with and preserves
punctuation. Search engines handle tokens and if you introduce the
inclusion of dots, how will you deal with, e.g.
"The power outage affected the cable."?
Should the user seeking cable.txt be returned that as a possible match?
"Certain characters serve as phrase connectors. Google recognises
hyphens, slashes, periods, equal signs, and apostrophes as phrase
connectors. Phrase connectors work like quotes; for example, mother-
in-law is treated as a phrase even if the three words aren't in
I had a look around for technical sites which point to search engines that
make the exception. The only problem with such (experimental?) SE's is that
their crawling would be limited so the scope of their results would be
Roy S. Schestowitz