Search improvements

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  1. The ability to restrict a search to titles added in a specific period is unreliable.

    Some titles appear when an otherwise identical search is conducted in two or more distinct periods. (It may be that some titles are omitted but this cannot be tested by the user). The problem was first reported to you many months ago but remains as at 25 Sept.2017. Users should not be reliant on this search facility until you can advise the problem has been corrected.

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    • API access for members

      API access for developers

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      • Can I limit my search to only the London Times?

        I would like to limit my search to a specific newspaper.

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        • Edition search

          I am looking for an article in the Western Gazette, published Friday 12 December 1902 and was pleased to find it listed on your website. However, having paid my subscription and started to look at the pages, I discovered that this is the "Bournemouth, Hants & E.Dorset Edition", which I soon realised is of no use to me as the article I am looking for relates to Yeovil. Your search criteria do not specify the Edition and the results are therefore inaccurate and misleading, so I have wasted my time and money.

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          • Go directly to a particular page in a saved search

            My actress ancestor has 75 pages of results , but when I go back to the saved search, I can't go straight to where I left off before (say page 54). I have to go to page 10, then 20,and so on,up to 50, then forward 4 singly, waiting ages for each page of results to load.(Tedious).We should be able to go directly to a specific page.

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              • Bring back the old views!

                This computer generated text is rubbish. Please bring back access to the whole page of print that highlights the key words searched for. The only way I can now read the original page is to press the print button but then there is no highlighting. As a researcher I am deeply frustrated that you have made this change,

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                • Hastings & St Leonards Observer

                  Please can we have the entire copy of each edition of the Hastings & St Leonards Observer. I am a paid up user and am researching suffragettes in Hastings. However, the site only seems to have the first 4 pages of the editions (1870-1914) that I am looking at.

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                  • "Contact us" - 'Sorry! The page you were looking for was not found'

                    I would like to make a complaint. However, when I try your "Contact us" - at the bottom of your page, I get: 'Sorry! The page you were looking for was not found'

                    This is NOT good enough. I have a right to complain and have my complaint dealt with in person. Please contact me.

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                    • My Idea! Start again with a competent computer programmer.

                      These newspapers are a fantastic resource. People are paying good money to be frustrated by a site that is completely user unfriendly. The front page may look flashy and up to date but the so-called improvements are a retrograde step.

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                        • free pages

                          I have not yet signed up as a paying customer. I am interested in looking at the images in The Graphic.
                          In order to test the system, I wish to use the free 3 pages to check the resources for the resolution, colour etc. Past digitisation (especially from microfilm) of newspapers has been abysmal and not worth paying for. I therefore searched for known images. They came up, but when I tried to download the "free" page, it directed me to the payment page.

                          How do I get a free page that can convince me that the quality of images…

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                          • An exact search should be just that. Don't revert all capitals to lower case.

                            When searching for a person's name,e.g. David T Fulton, the name as a whole should be searched for. The name in the search box should remain capitalised as entered.

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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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                              • 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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                                    • 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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