We've got a client where I work that has an inventory of the parts they carry sitting in a searchable database. To account for mistakes in hand-written notes and such they would like to have " ","-","/", and "\" ignored completely with regard to the search criteria but also what's actually in the database record. So basically, they want everything to be considered one long string of characters. Am I a naive noob, or is this slightly ridiculous? Doesn't it sort of diminish the relevance of the search results, not to mention taking "user-friendly" way over the line?