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Searching text inside a webpage (with ctrl-f) for an accented character, for instance è, chromium finds all occurrences of è, é and e.

Similarly, searching e finds è and é as well.

While it is an awesome function, is there an option, escape sequence or anything else to make chrome just find the typed character?

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Good question. The behavior is not consistent. On my Chrome, “ä” is treated as distinct from “a” (which is good for me, since these are quite distinct letters in Finnish, but it appears to be inconsistent with the “é” issue). – Jukka K. Korpela Jul 20 '12 at 16:14
@JukkaK.Korpela: I wouldn't go that far. ä and a are different letters, é is just an e with an acute accent. – Dennis Jul 20 '12 at 16:19
well, ä is just an a with a dieresis/umlaut, or not? it would be interesting how this is treated in mysql collations – guido Jul 20 '12 at 16:29
In German (at least), ä, ö and ü are different (modern) ways of writing ae, oe and ue. The pronunciation of ü and u, for example, is entirely different. – Dennis Jul 20 '12 at 16:39
@Jukka. It's interesting: in some languages accented letters are counted as different letters, while in others they're just variants. – TRiG Jul 28 '12 at 23:07
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As far as I know, this behavior can't be disabled. You could, however, use a text search extension that behaves differently.

Type-ahead-find, for example, only finds exact matches.

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+1. It makes me remember it was the default find behavior of a browser I had used for some time maybe 10 years ago on fedora (was it galeon?). – guido Jul 20 '12 at 16:26

Unfortunately this has been a known issue for at least a year and a half, but has not (yet?) been addressed. You can star the issue for updates.

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thanks for the link – guido Jul 29 '12 at 0:19

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