Many dictionaries insert a
\cdot between syllables of a word, as shown below:
These dots can be helpful in making sense of complex words, and in some cases essential: without explicitly marking syllable divisions, you could not easily tell that Ai (an ancient city) is two syllables.
Unfortunately, these dots mean one cannot simply Ctrl+F and search for "aardvark." This doesn't matter if the document is printed, but easy searching is a major advantage of electronic formats, and it would be a shame to have to give that up.
Is there a way to configure LaTeX or the pdf so that the above text could be found with a simple text search (so the search function "skipped over" the
It seems this could be done if LaTeX had a way to make "hidden" characters that show up on the screen but not in the text that is searched? Is there another way to approach this?