[sword-devel] Which front-ends can normalize the search string?

David Haslam dfhmch at googlemail.com
Sat Jan 14 05:06:36 MST 2017

We recommend that modules with the Unicode text encoded as UTF-8 be
normalized to NFC during module build or earlier. 

For general background, see

I have just inserted a table row in this section of our wiki page:


The new row is for *Normalize the search string* and has an explanatory

Which front-ends are able to normalize the search string to NFC
automatically when it is entered?

So far, I have only filled in the cell for the *Xiphos* column. /The rest
need editing/.

This matter arose in particular during some text development work on a
Punjabi Bible, and relates to how six Gurmukhi Unicode letters are
normalized. The topic is of much wider application - potentially for all
[non-Roman] scripts that use combining characters and/or diacitics.

I observed:

Not all front-ends have a hidden feature to automatically normalize the
search string when it is entered.

Users accustomed to writing the Gurmukhi letters *LLA SHA KHHA GHHA ZA FA*
instead of the letters *LA SA KHA GA JA PHA* with a *NUKTA* sign will thus
experience difficulties with the search feature.

Best regards,


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