Character equivalencies, special characters (Þ, Ð, Ȝ, etc.), accents, and ambigous letters

The keyboard icon (Drop down menu for special character selection ) next to the search box can be used to enter special characters directly. You may also substitute characters on a standard US keyboard, as shown below. Thus, for example, a search for Þē̆de is the exact same search as one for thede, and a boolean search for wīde OR wyde OR wyðe will return the exact same results as a simple search for wide, as all are considered equivalent for search purposes.

In total, the following sets of characters are considered equivalent when searching:

  • Þ/þ and th
  • Ð/ð and d
  • Ȝ/ȝ, Ʒ/ʒ, and z
  • Æ/æ and AE
  • Any accented character (e.g., ô,ī,ẹ̄, etc.) and its non-accented version (o, i, e, etc.)
  • Any other ligature and its two-character equivalent (e.g., Œ ↔ OE)
  • k and c
  • j, y, and i
  • u and v