Search improvements

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  1. Zooming and scrolling

    Please fix the zoom and scroll features! There will be many cancellations of subscriptions! As it stands now, there is no point in looking at a newspaper page if we can't zoom and move around!

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    • why can't we now move around the selected page anymore - it just either zooms in or out. REALLY useless and time consuming now.

      why can't we navigate around a selected newspaper page anymore? Appears we can only zoom in or out which is practically useless.

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        • Identifying and downloading/printing an article

          When will we get the promised facility to download one article instead of the whole page? The Times digital archive has offered this for a long time. Screenshot is delicate and long winded as each part of a long article has to be captured separately.

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          • Search button

            "Save this search" button is more prominent than the "search" button. This means more searches than intended are saved. An "Unsave searches" option might help.

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            • Allow advanced search by county

              In the simple search I can select from a dropdown box to search by county, which is very useful. However, advanced search only allows a search by publication place, which is often not as useful. For example, I want to use advanced search and limit it to Northamptonshire, but this appears to be impossible.

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              • I love cherry picking!!!!

                Yes, I love cherries and I love to cherry-pick. On the advanced search options - yes, you can select precise dates and a region etc and you can search by a particular title. But you don't get the option of cherry-picking more than one title at a time. Thus if I narrow it down to London papers I'm gonna get a lot of hits. What if I only want to look at 5 particular London titles (because, for example, they have good coverage of a particular borough or neighbourhood )....other than search all five titles one at a time....I can't! …

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                • starting location for "edit text"

                  When I do a search the result is identified by a blue box. If I then choose to edit the text, quite often the editing box is at the start of the page and it takes quite a bit of effort to move it into the region of the blue boxed text.
                  So, it is highly desirable that the editing box starts in the area of the text highlighted in the blue box.

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                    • Sort by length

                      I'd like to be able to sort not only by relevance or date but by length. When I am looking for the press coverage of an event, I am interested to find not those three-liners but the most comprehensive article I can get.

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                      • Historic Counties

                        Search engine should be based on the historic counties using the post 1974 counties is confusing.

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                        • Missing Pages in Suffolk Chronicle of October of 1856

                          Is there some reason why only five pages, (out of four pages, and two pages of the Supplement), have been digitized? It is obvious that the missing pages exist, (as the edge of it can be seen on another scan, and the whole other side has been scanned), but these missing pages are not included?

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                          • Pages are best copied if scanned, when flat.

                            If one does not have the newspaper flat on the scanner, the image will blur and may not be copied at all. This certainly happened when the London Morning Post of October 30, 1856, was scanned. About half an inch of the inside columns was lost.

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                            • Missing Pages in Bristol Mercury of October of 1835

                              Something is quite wrong with the scans of the pages of the Bristol Mercury of October of 1835. Many are missing, and what is displayed does not necessarily match the page. How can one side of a page be digitized, and its reverse side is simply missing? I could understand if a sheet was missing, that both if its sides may be lost; but, one side digitized, and the other side isn't there? October 3, (3 pages); October 10, (2 pages, and page 1, shown, doesn't match the content for page 1); October 7, (2 pages); October 24, (3 pages);…

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                              • Sometimes the template applied to a page does not match the underlying text

                                When I search for Whipp 1 Sept 1910 Portsmouth Evening News, only about half the article appears to be digitised so show article text is not helpful in retrieving OCR text. Portsmouth EN seems to be more problematic than most

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                                  • I am looking for a relatives death in 1962, but all I can do is remove the years from 1950-1999.

                                    Why can't I get into the 1960's archives. All it will allow me to do is remove the years from 1950-1999.

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                                    • Can a secondary search facility be added to allow searches only within the initial group?

                                      Can a secondary search facility be added to allow searches only within the initial group of records? Words which are almost certain to be in the article would determine the first group. Then, perhaps after filtering, secondary searches of that group can be made for possible words or phrases.

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                                      • Provide technical feedback on a selected extract

                                        Although there is provision to "add a comment" on a selected extract, there is no user-friendly invitation to add technical feedback. e.g. if the extract is illegible.

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                                        • When doing a serach, show next to each article found whether it has already been viewed, like FindMy Past does, so any newly added entried c

                                          When doing a search, show next to each article found whether it has already been viewed, like FindMyPast does, so any newly added articles can easily be identified.

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