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Configuring Index Server to Use the Neutral Word Breaker

PSS ID Number: 246701

Article Last Modified on 6/11/2002

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Index Server 2.0

This article was previously published under Q246701


Some searches against Microsoft Index Server may fail when using a language specific word breaker. he Neutral word breaker can be used as a workaround. This article explains removing the language specific word breaker ensuring that the Neutral word breaker is used.


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The following is an example on how to remove all word breakers except for the Neutral word breaker

  1. Run Regedt32.exe.
  2. Select:

  3. Select the Language key and Save it to a backup file.
  4. Double-click on the InstalledLangs value and remove all lines except for the one showing "Neutral". Click OK.
  5. Delete all keys except Neutral below Language.
  6. Stop and then restart the index service.
  7. Rebuild the catalog by doing a full build.

There are some differences that should be noted when using only the Neutral word breaker:

  • In all languages, "advanced" normalization acts differently:

    • Dates: 9/9/99 and 9-9-1999 will not match
    • Numbers: 1,000 and 1000 will not match
    • Hyphens: database and data-base will not match
  • In German compound decomposition will not work.
  • In other European languages lose clitic stripping is lost, which may reduce the chances of matching.
  • Word stemming will no longer work. Word stemming is where a query on "flew**" returns documents matching flew, fly, flown, and so forth.

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