So what I am looking for is a way to represent a wildcard or
* delimiter for non technical users that possibly may not need an explanation.
i.e. If a user wants to search for
EJ - 205,
EJ . 205 is there a way where on the screen you might be able to represent that you could have a * or something between the terms that would filter out the alternate characters?
If I design based on convention the
* for wildcards seems to be one way to go . However I doubt a user would see the star or randomly know to type the star if they never used it before.
I was thinking about saying the following terms occur within a phrase (but that also seemed poor).
I was also thinking of a check box that says disregard punctuation and other non-word characters in between search terms (I like this the best but maybe I am missing something).
Ideally I want a user to recognize what it does rather than learn it and have to recall that feature.