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Introduction to Match Modes

Match modes are settings which alter how your search is performed, and, in turn, alter your search results. Match modes can be set on EACH FIELD in your Search Form, and will apply to the input values in each of those fields individually. This manual will step through some of the different type of match modes and show you the effect they have.

Basic Match Mode Settings

None: using this setting will mean that this field is not included in the search query

Beginning with: this will return results that match the beginning character that is entered in this field. For example, if you set this match mode on the "Article Title" field, and set the live value to "A", your search results would only list items whose title started with an "A".

Ending with: the same as "beginning with" except the final character is matched rather than the first.

Empty: this will only return items if the input of the field is left empty

Permissive (default): This setting will return a broad match of values that contain the input value, even if it's not an exact match. For example, if you searched for "SEBLOD" in the "Article Title" field, results with titles such as "SEBLOD Help" and "SEBLOD Information" would appear because they contain the input value

Exact: this will only return items that match the input value exactly. Unlike "Permissive", if you searched for "SEBLOD" in the "Article Title" field, results like "SEBLOD Help" and "SEBLOD Information" would NOT appear. They would only appear if you typed "SEBLOD Information" in the input field.

Date & Time

Past only: This will only show results whose dates come before the input date.

Past: This will show results whose dates are equal to or before the input date.

Future only: This will only show results whose dates come after the input date.

Future: This will show results whose dates are equal to or later than the input date.

Interesting note: You can use a combination of these settings on two fields with the SAME storage to retrieve items between a date range.

Exclusion

Not beginning with: The opposite to "Beginning with" listed above.

Not empty: The opposite to "Empty" listed above.

Not ending with: The opposite to "Ending with" listed above.

Geo Distance

These settings are used to construct a "search by distance" feature, in conjunction with the Address to Coordinates field. See this tutorial for more information.

Numeric

Higher only: This will only return items that have a higher value in the field than the input value.

Higher: This will only return items that have a higher or equal value in the field than the input value.

Lower only: This will only return items that have a lower value in the field than the input value.

Lower: This will only return items that have a lower or equal value in the field than the input value.

Words

Any words: This will return items that contain any of the words that are entered in the input field. For example, if you type "SEBLOD Article" in the "Article Title" field, it will return results whose titles include the word "SEBLOD" and/or "Article".

Any words exact: This is a more precise match on the "Any words" option. Only results that contain the exact same words as the input value(s) will be returned. If "Any words" is used, and you input "SEB Art" it will return all of the same values as above. However by using this EXACT setting, the same results will only be returned if you typed "SEBLOD Article"

Each word: This will return results that contain each of the words that were entered. Using the same example as above, it would only include results that contained BOTH "SEBLOD" and "Article".

Each word exact: This is a more precise match on the "each word" option. It will only return results that contain each of the exact same words that were entered.