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  1. Improve Optical Character Recognition

    The existing OCR is poor. Many words are garbled, rendering search results meaningless

    80 votes
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  2. We should be able to search only the newpapers that have been added most recently

    It would be great if there was a way to search only the newspapers that have been added in the last 30 / 60 / 90 days so it's easier to find new stories.

    130 votes
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  3. Wildcards

    I would love to be able to use wildcards. It's so difficult to guess what the mangled version of a name would be.

    39 votes
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  4. Go back to same place on results page when an article has been reviewed

    when weve viewed an article and return to results page pls can you go back to the last position we were on in the page so we dont have to keep scrolling down all the time esp as some results are very similar

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  5. Some way of searching for two words NEAR each other rather than just both appearing or a phrase

    Some search systems have commands like NEAR4 to find two words with four words of each other.

    All too often a search for two words finds then in completely different parts of the page.

    47 votes
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  6. search terms to be within the same article

    Option to use search words where all words are only found in the same article and not on the whole page

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  7. Search options

    It might be difficult but I would like to see you introduce proximity searches, such as word x within so many words of word y.

    5 votes
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  8. Filter by more than one region

    Filter results by more than one region. Events in the Southeast are likely to be in Southeast or London Papers

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  9. Improve date entry

    Other newspaper archives have a better date entry system where you can type in the year and day and month default to 'Any Month' etc .

    One feature that would need some programming work but would be very useful is if I enter the start date as 1850 then then the end date drop down list started at 1850. I might alternative be better if the drop down list worked opposite ways around i.e. start date at the earliest date available and end date started at the latest date available.

    11 votes
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  10. Jump to next/previous instance of search term within a page

    Provide a next/previous buttons to enable to skip from an occurrence of a search term in a page to the next/previous occurrence of the search term. The move would focus on the search term and size to display just the column involved and a few lines around the search term.

    This will be very useful on images where most of the page is part of a single article.

    3 votes
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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,

    18 votes
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  15. 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.

    2 votes
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  16. 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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  17. 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.

    4 votes
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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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