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Understand search queries

Written by James Valent
Director of Support at MindTouch
This page applies to:MindTouch Responsive

When users search for specific phrases, MindTouch returns results based on your actual search query, and (optionally) facets the results to be confined to a specific section. How do we analyze your query? It's all here.


How MindTouch handles your search queries

Whatever you enter into the search bar is analyzed by MindTouch. Your query is not taken literally; instead MindTouch considers the following:

  • Stemming
  • Stop words
  • Language

MindTouch determines appropriate variations of a word when entered as a search query. The word cats is stemmed as cat– and will return results containing catcats and catamaraan. Stemming does not return results for words such as scattering; MindTouch compares the stem against the first portion of a word.

NOTE:  Tags are not stemmed.

Stop words

​MindTouch does not index commonly used words and prepositions that clutter search results such as a, an, to, from, the, etc.


MindTouch stems words based on your site's language, taking into account special characters in languages such as German, Russian and Spanish.

What is a :keywordtag?

A keyword tag allows you to add a special tag that has a higher priority than a standard tag. Pages containing this element are surfaced in search results when specifically searching for the keyword tag name. While search recommendations are a better mechanisms for forcing content to the top of a search, this is another available option to help optimize your search experience.

NOTE:  While standard tags are NOT stemmed, :keyword tags are.

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