I had to experience the exact same situation quite a while ago. I knew that what I was searching for was definitely in the footnotes of markdown records which I created from OCRed books but it didn’t show up in DEVONthink’s results.
I then did the same as you now, I tested and …
… with the same result …
This happened shortly after the DEVONthink 3.5.1 update so I searched the release notes. All that’s mentioned there is:
With Markdown documents, non-rendered words are no longer indexed. For existing documents, this requires reimporting the files or rebuilding the database to ensure the index is accurate.
Without explicitly mentioning it the ability to search markdown footnotes has been removed.
I was so upset I didn’t even try to start a thread, asking
- why the ability to search footnotes has been removed
- why it’s not mentioned in the release notes
- why footnotes are considered to be "non-rendered words"
I didn’t start such a thread since then. Too upset.
Some months later a user asked why searching for
x-devonthink-item links in markdown records doesn’t work anymore.
and in turn got this reply
I honestly couldn’t believe it.
Before that I thought the loss was due to some technical decision or whatever. It wasn’t.
Because some users requested to remove non-rendered markdown from the index other users lost the ability to search
- markdown meta data
I still don’t understand how that could have happened.
Without your thread I probably would have never mentioned this because I still get upset when I recap.
Of course DEVONtech can do whatever they find the right thing to do, even removing capabilities users relied on, but it might be a good idea to at least inform users properly.
Would be even better if implementing feature requests wouldn’t remove capabilities but add options without breaking other users’ usage.
Reverse feature request: @cgrunenberg please bring back the capability to search the whole markdown source.