Anonymous Monk has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Can someone help or direct me to the answer?

I have a flattext dbase. I want to let people search by inputing their search strings. But I want to minimize the matches to only 4-5 characters. Ok, that was not very clear.

Let's say the item in my dbase is "saturday".
The input "is today saturd or sunday?" or "atur"

Basically, I want to return "abc4567def" as a match when the users query with either "1234567890" or
"---4567-----" or "4567".

The minimal match function does not seem to fit this case

Thank you for any help. Danny