Website improvements

How can we improve The British Newspaper Archive?

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  1. Future Publication Schedule

    How about posting a schedule of proposed releases of newspapers. I check the site most days for the areas of the country I am most interested in but a prior announcement of forthcoming newspapers would be useful.

    72 votes
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      5 comments  ·  feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • completed runs & dates / better visibility of what is online

      Let us know in an easily found format the entire run of a paper or journal held in the National Archive and when it has all been copied and put on line.

      56 votes
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      • Improve resolution of PDFs, or just let us download the original image

        The PDFs we get to download now are in some cases completely unreadable because the image resolution is far too low. This is especially disappointing when you save the PDF, and come back to do some work from it later on only to find it's a unusable.

        Why can't we download high resolution images instead?

        53 votes
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          10 comments  ·  feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Please go back to the old layout.

          The layout has become more difficult. Each item takes more vertical space and so more scrolling is needed. Furthermore, when I click on view, nothing happens. At present the system is of no use.

          49 votes
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          • Academic Citation

            The BNA has become an invaluable tool for researchers. I'd like the ability to download a citation of the records in the common formats MLA, Chicago etc.Your database is likely to contain the required information such as source, date, page number and so on. Is there any chance of such a facility being added?

            35 votes
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            • Daily indication of latest additions

              It would be useful to show every day which years have been added or expanded the previous night, perhaps simply by showing the relevant year date in bold.

              22 votes
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              • Subscription renewals

                A decent way of renewing subscriptions, as you have a failed and useless system at present.

                13 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  The idea of making the number of days left on your subscription is a great one and we will add it to the list. Val – when a subscription renewal fails, it is usually because the card you used has expired and you’ve been issued with a new one. Get in touch with Customer Support for help adding a new card. We will look at adding a facility for you to add a new card yourself in future.

                • Not back to square one

                  Back to where you were on a results page rather than to top

                  12 votes
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                  • Please make zoomed page movable after zooming in.

                    when you zoom into scan, cannot view whole page

                    12 votes
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                    • Next/previous day

                      Provide a forward/backward button when viewing a page so that you can skip to the same page in the next/previous day of the same publication

                      11 votes
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                      • Make sure uploaded papers don't disappear

                        I notice that previous feedback refers to the falling number of newspapers available during the WWI period. I have had a similar problem today, in that one previously accessed newspaper (London Daily News, 22.08.1891) appears to have completely vanished from your site. I accessed it on the 24th February this year, but because the quality of the downloaded PDF was not great (another minor gripe), I wanted to check the original, to no avail.

                        Can you clarify whether or not vanishing newspapers are a common problem? Is it just your database being temperamental, or are certain uploads only temporary? Thanks…

                        11 votes
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                        • Improve viewer layout to make it easier to navigate

                          I prefer the page layout used by Gale News Vault. It makes it much easier to scroll through a news article. The default window in BNA is too small, and changing to full page view makes it very difficult to navigate the page.

                          10 votes
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                          • Poor Page Quality

                            Ability to flag scan quality issues with some pages and get them rectified.

                            9 votes
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                            • Resolution should match the page your viewing

                              When you download the file, the resolution automatically is reduced making small text unreadable. Please correct this so that downloaded pdfs match the viewer

                              8 votes
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                              • Don't take payments without explicit consent

                                Don't automatically sign customers up to monthly subscriptions and have them end this with a fairly well-hidden tick box. It's disingenuous. Be more honest about the payment system.

                                8 votes
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                                • Stop auto renewing memberships!

                                  How about sending out a notification that your membership is about to renew automatically? Now that's an idea as the current process of automatically opting people in looks a little like sharp practice from my perspective.

                                  7 votes
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                                    6 comments  ·  feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • User experience on Apple iPad with Safari browser is poor

                                    Browsing the site on an Apple iPad is a terrible user experience. Many problems exist. E.g. Typing this feedback is in a minature box I can hardly see. Scrolling of newspapers is almost impossible. Pinch zoom does not work. Accessing the minute navigation control is almost impossible with my finger touching the wrong control than i intended. Very frustrating!

                                    7 votes
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                                    • Improve usability and navigation

                                      I tried to give you feedback but the text box for feedback is so tiny I resorted to screenshots in a PDF file to demonstrate.

                                      Although I love the content on this site and am happy to pay for the digitization of new papers, the usability of this site needs improvement.

                                      7 votes
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                                      • paste whole articles corrected text / wider editing box

                                        Being able to cut and paste a whole corrected article in one go - not line by line. AND do check out ideas from NZ papers past Love your site THANKS!!!!

                                        7 votes
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                                        • A Timeline, simple base line of world/UK event dates occurring at, or near the atricle date

                                          Place the articles in some kind of timeline, a simple baseline graph idea would help I suppose. I don't have a plan but whenever I find an article concerning an ancestor it would help to picture the time he was living in - who was on the throne, world action concerning Britain etc.

                                          6 votes
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