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This is an excerpt from a PDF generated with PDFLaTeX (3.1415926-2.4-1.40.13 from TeX Live 2012):

when the disease is still spreading undetected and mitigation
measures are not being made.

When I search for "mitigation" in my PDF viewer, it finds the word. When I search for "measures", it finds the word. When I search for "mitigation measures" it doesn't find anything.

Maybe this is a thing with my PDF viewer, but I'd think there would be a way to generate output searchable by even a line-limited viewer.

Is there a way to tell PDFLaTeX to improve the searchability of the PDF's text?

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Since you mention that this might be PDF-viewer specific. Have you tried any other? A quick search in Adobe Reader works fine across a line break. –  Werner Mar 6 '13 at 3:53
    
Works fine in OSX Preview as well. What PDF viewer are you using? –  Sean Allred Mar 6 '13 at 19:33
    
evince in Linux. I'm going to try to get ahold of another reader to test that aspect of the problem. –  Richard Mar 6 '13 at 19:36
    
It can be reopened if it would be a general issue, independent of the reader. –  Stefan Kottwitz Mar 7 '13 at 13:28
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closed as too localized by Martin Schröder, lockstep, Andrew Swann, Stefan Kottwitz Mar 7 '13 at 13:27

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