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Search Engine Tip

October 17, 2011

It is natural to search for Navajo information on the internet with standard English letters. But, did you ever decide to search with numbers?

I went ahead and Googled a few common Navajo words scrambled with numbers and letters to try it out. My initial search, for example, was for the Navajo word Dóó. Instead of including the accents I searched D00. That is D-ZERO-ZERO.

I decided to search this way because I started to stumble onto different sites with jumbled Navajo text I could not read. This was because I did not have the Navajo font installed on my computer. It didn’t occur to me at the time that search engines did not recognize the Navajo accents if the author used the Navajo font.

Try it out.

Search D-ZERO-ZERO and see what you come up with. There will be the occasional website where an item stock number, or other random thing, will come up with that specific letter/number combination. To avoid getting a lot of these results, simply add another common Navajo word to narrow the search results. I’ve found that D77 works well with D00.

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 19, 2011 12:35 pm

    nizhóní héí.

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