Search improvements

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  1. Enable download of an item or part of a page in a way that preserves the full reference to the paper edition, eg as with Kansas newspapers.

    http://‎kansashistoricalopencontent.newspapers.com enables users to easily select part of a page and save it to a PDF file which contains the reference source for the edition. This facilitates organisation and retrieval of downloaded files.

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    • Provide more geographic search options, eg by county & by more towns

      Search by place include options for small towns like Tadcaster but not a large town like Croydon, it allows search by London but not for counties.

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      • A charge to view !.....

        We should not have to pay to view, New Zealand has Paperspast all free to view, so come on UK get with the times

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        • You need to make it easier to search for things

          I wanted drama reviews of the Liverpool Echo for Feb 1955. There was no way at all to specify this. Thousands of results, all of which has one of the numbers of the date in them. Utterly pointless.

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            • Way better search functions if you are going to charge for your services

              Make it possible to search using YOUR digital folder and image number. I have both of those items but cannot use them on this site. Pitiful. My first experience here has, so far, left me with no interest in your paid services.

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              • Switch off boolean search operators

                Advanced search should offer a way to turn off boolean search operators like AND and OR. I am searching for an exact phrase that contains the word 'and', and it gets turned into the operator AND every time, making it very tricky to search for this phrase.

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                • Make drop-down list of bookmarks alphabetical

                  When I try to assign an existing bookmark to a new article, the drop-down list is seemingly in random order (perhaps of date created) rather than alphabetical. This leads to endless scrolling and trying to find the right one - even if I can remember if it exists - and often the creation of similar duplicate bookmarks. Can the drop-down list be made to appear alphabetically, as it does in the side bar?

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                  • Allow name search for names ending in 's' without it being assumed to be plural

                    There needs to be some mechanism to allow names that end in 's' to be searched without it being assumed it is the plural of that word. I have been searching for 'Lunds', a place in Yorkshire, but it always includes the word 'Lund' even with quotation marks. Allowing a search for names ending in 's' would dramatically reduce the number of results and speed up a search.

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                    • Saved pages need to retain the position on the page (which was the original subject of a search)

                      I have many saved pages, organised them by person in support of family history. However when I retrieve the saved page, there is no 'pointer' directly to the article on the page which contains their reference (i.e. the original search result), resulting in a need to read through a whole page again to re-discover. I'm sure it never used to be like this?

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                      • Why am I unable to focus the print once I have found the page. The small icon on the top left of the screen disappears after two seconds. A

                        Help. The site is excellent on tracking items, but the size control fades after two seconds, and it is impossible to focus the print. This effectively means the service is of no use to me. Help.

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                        • Wanting to search just in London Gazette

                          knowing an individual received a DFM but not the date I cannot find on the advanced search drop down box any sign of the London Gazette where they were announced. Am I missing something really obvious?

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                          • Can't find saved searches

                            Every time I come into BNA I can't access my saved searches - this faetures needs to be much easier to access

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                            • Add number of matches to summary

                              It would be very useful to know how many matches within an article there are for the search criteria entered.

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                              • Please be able to scroll up or down on pages

                                I find it very annoying that now when I click on an article, it shows the newspaper page but when I zoom in it only zooms the center of the page and it can't be scrolled up or down.It then has to be downloaded and the highlighted section disappears.

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                                • Easier reporting of poorly transcribed titles from result page or item view page

                                  Example: ELrCUr.f{-Aiu-.iB.t 16. killed in action, aged 18 i*»:- i'i '.ii- .lohn Blubber lour .la<-k), K.L.R.. its . i • ..

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                                  • 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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