Search improvements

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  1. enlarge for printing

    ability to select and enlarge articles for printing

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    • Obituaries

      Despite entering someone's name, the requested info does not appear even though it should. Could there not be a possibility of showing deaths/marriages as a collection?

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      • I am trying to create a shipbuilding timeline and find it so frustrating that search results are not listed in date order. It's so obvious

        Please list search hits in date order, not just random results, many of which are duplicates.

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        • Newport & Market Drayton Advertiser

          You have put it in the wrong county. it should be Shropshire - not isle of Wight

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          • Setting search options as personal defaults.

            Ideally, we should be able to set options for searching withouth having to reset every time we open up. As an historian I find it is frustrating that the default option is 'relevance' when 'date earliest' would be better. Recently, the website has taken to reverting to relevance at the drop of a hat which is frustrating in the extreme.

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            • Make bookmarked articles sortable

              It would be really useful to be able to sort bookmarked articles in the same way you can search results. Like a lot of researchers, I bookmark a lot of articles for future reference and find it frustrating that they are saved in the order you bookmarked them with no way of re-sorting them. The search function for bookmarked articles is very useful, but it would be great to be able to sort alphabetically and by article date as well.

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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.

                8 votes
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                • 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.

                  4 votes
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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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                    • 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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                      • 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?

                        13 votes
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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.

                          7 votes
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                          • API access for members

                            API access for developers

                            13 votes
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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.

                              12 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 13 votes
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                                • 13 votes
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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! …

                                    4 votes
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                                    • Exact search

                                      Exact search needs to actually be exact and not include variants of the searched words. For example when I search for "Downing" I don't want results for "down" and "downs" too. Case sensitivity would also be useful.

                                      51 votes
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                                      • Wildcard Search

                                        We need a better search facility - the current transcriptions are often horrifically off the mark. It might even help to have a wildcard option to try and incorporate all the random letters supposedly appearing in the middle of names.

                                        27 votes
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                                        • Ability to delete a summary from Search History.

                                          Often a search proves fruitless or (as often in my case) I misspell a key word, yet the search remains in Search History. These searches need to be deleted before my Search History becomes unmanageable.

                                          14 votes
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