The Corner

Re: Poetry Bleg

Tech-savvy readers advise me that, yes, Google searches count CR-LF as a

distinct character. If, therefore, you search on a string like this: “aaa

bbb ccc ddd,” while the actual web page has a line break between “bbb” and

“ccc,” the string won’t be found.

My own experience of coding covers at least a dozen computer languages

across 30 yrs, and every search algorithm I ever coded or used followed the

“all whitespace is equal” rule. It seems amazing to me that Google doesn’t.

The correct approach in Google searches for text strings with imbedded

whitespace is:

(1) Search for “aaa bbb ccc ddd,” with the whole string in quotes like that.

(2) If no hit, drop the quotes and search again.

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