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Workflows search/filter results are unexpected


gingerbeardman

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I have a workflow titled "TTLP"

 

  • If I search/filter workflow list in preferences using the text "TT" it will be found
  • If I search/filter workflow list in preferences using the text "LP" it will not be found

 

My expectation is that the search should filter items that "contain" the search text,

but it seems that the search filters some other way.

 

This also happens if I use the "Search Preferences" field to search for the workflow "TTLP".

 

Another example, I search for the "Amazon Suggest" workflow using the text "Suggest" it will be found.

But if I use "uggest" it will not be found.

 

And finally, it's confusing that "LP" search is matching the end of the "help" keyword in the "Searchio!" workflow, but it does not match the end of the word "TTLP". I think this is a real bug, even if the others above are not considered bugs.

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4 hours ago, gingerbeardman said:

My expectation is that the search should filter items that "contain" the search text

 

This isn't the case throughout Alfred, mid-word partial matching would create over-saturated results which become of low use when it comes to relevance sorting and matching.

 

I see an oddity in the second screenshot - "lp" matching "help" for the Searchio! workflow, keyword matches are anchored too.

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I had just finished editing the post when you posted your reply.

 

I appreciate that partial matches will generate more results.

 

If matches are only supposed to be the beginning, I see two oddities:

  1. "lp" matching the end of "help" in Searchio! but not the end of "TTLP"
  2. "Suggest" matching "Amazon Suggest"

 

Usually with search it's possible to figure out the rules if they are not stated, but here I cannot figure them out as search seems inconsistent.

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1 minute ago, gingerbeardman said:

"Suggest" matching "Amazon Suggest"

 

Alfred doesn't do mid-word matching, he does word-based matching, so "suggest" is correct here. This is the same way "chrome" would match Google Chrome in Alfred's default results.

 

As for lp matching help in the Searchio! workflow, I'm looking into this now. Alfred matches on quite a few additional things within the workflow such as hotkeys, certain variable values.

 

For any other workflows, do you get mid-keyword matching? (e.g. if the keyword was 'google', do you see 'oogle' matching?)

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