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Special way of searching for products

Data Dance s.r.o., Radovan Skolnik
- 22/04/2021 15:15:53

I have been asked few times by users if it is possible to search for products 
in a way omitting special characters (like dash or space for exmaple) from 
product's default_code (or even input string). Let me give an example:

Let's say we have a product with default_code like CD-12345-XYZ In current 
situation if user enteres "CD12345" or "CD 12345" nothing is retrieved. Vice 
versa, if the default_code is CD12345XYZ and user enters "CD-12345" or "CD 
12345" nothing is retrieved either. So the solution would be to first remove 
those special characters from the string being searched for and then search 
for default_code transformed with some (SQL?) function.

Is anything like that possible? One idea comes to mind using computed field 
where that stripped deault_code would be stored and extending default search 
to use this. However that would require stored computed field. Any way to 
prevent this?

Thank you. Best regards

	Radovan Skolnik