Search improvements

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  1. enlarge for printing

    ability to select and enlarge articles for printing

    9 votes
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  2. 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.

    10 votes
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  3. Use Google OCR and resubmit all pages through it.

    Using Google OCR gives an almost flawless image to text conversion. I think you are using the hopeless Tesseract. I suggest you collaborate with Google, and resubmit all the pages already done, the improvements will be enormous. As an example the Keith Waterhouse column in Daily Mirror 1978_08_10 page 8, gives an utter garbled output. The first section that comes out of Google OCR without any manual corrections is.
    My hit that missed..
    THAT splendid actor Jack Hedley, in an interview about the making of the BBC serial "Who Pays the

    Ferryman?" tells of the mysterious influence that the island…

    4 votes
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  4. let me know if a specific date of a specific paper is available

    I look for weekly articles.
    if I cannot find by keyword I am prepared to scan the paper for my article.
    this is difficult if I do not know if the paper exists.
    how can I find out?

    1 vote
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  5. ability to correct or cancel a search name/word

    As I discover the correct spelling of my subject's name, I correct it by one letter and press Search. But when the entire list returns, the old name is still there, cluttering up the list. If I delete the name entirely, it still reappears. Please allow us to cancel or adjust permanently.

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  6. 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?

    4 votes
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  7. 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.

    2 votes
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  8. Correct OCR displaying the Long s as an f

    In the older newspapers its difficult to find keywords that include the letter s.

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  9. Newport & Market Drayton Advertiser

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

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  10. 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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  11. 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.

    5 votes
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  12. Better searches

    How is it I can find an article with an exact phrase e.g. John Smith of Kendal yet when I type this exact phrase in the exact order in the search box the article with this exact phrase isn't the first article or infact any of the articles on the search results? Useless, I know theres a alot of articles of interst but the search engine isnt good enough to let me find them, this is frustrating!!

    4 votes
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  13. 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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  14. 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

    4 votes
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  15. 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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  16. 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.

    6 votes
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  17. 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?

    17 votes
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  18. 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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  19. API access for members

    API access for developers

    13 votes
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  20. 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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