Reference: Tools-Fragment Fields
RidgeStar search functions normally contain what is called a Criteria Area, where the Visitor can specify values that will restrict the resulting records to a desired subset. The Criteria Area may be made up of a series of pulldowns, checkboxes, radio buttons, and/or open text boxes (where you simply type a desired value).
Many of the "text boxes" are what we call text Fragment fields. They're called Fragment fields because you are permitted to enter only a portion of the text value being searched to locate a record. For instance, the name "Smith" can be located using the Fragment of "SM", "ith", "i" or any portion (fragment) of the character string.
To see how this works, click to the demonstration Simple List and:
The percent sign is what we identify as a "Masking Character" that permits you to control the Fragment search. Available Masking Characters are:
If you omit both Masking characters in the characters typed into a Fragment field, the system will insert a percent sign at the front AND the back of whatever you enter.
To help you understand how this works, consider the following table:
The flexibility and power of Fragment searches is quite useful, but .... it is important that you understand how to use it effectively. Happy Searching!!
Some SiteManagers have opted to implement a different mechanism within their Site's Fragment fields. If your site does not operate as described here, please contact your SiteManager.