Search improvements

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  1. Search by title of article

    Enable the ability to search for a word in the article title. Most other newspaper archives have this really useful facility

    4 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Obsolete Welsh County - Clwyd

      The search facility only includes the obsolete county of Clwyd. The historical counties of flintshire and denbigh are ignored.

      9 votes
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      • Mark search results I have already viewed so it is more obvious

        Allow a facility for the system to "remember" which pages I have previously looked at. By ticking that page, or some other marking.

        48 votes
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        • Search improvement

          Better search selection. When selecting either a Publication place or title then restrict the Publication year to the dates that have been uploaded for the selected publication. Thus you should only be able to search in the appropriate range of a run of papers rather than searching and getting no results and wondering if it is the search term that is not located or if there is no papers in the area.

          3 votes
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          • 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.

            2 votes
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            • 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

              15 votes
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              • Search "Edit Article Text" and "Show Article Text"

                Provide a search function in the "Edit Article Text" and in the "Show Article Text" so you can find the text you are interested in. This is especially needed on long articles as it it often difficult to find the text that you require.

                4 votes
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                  Open - Under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 25 votes
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                  • 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.

                    32 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • BETTER SEARCHES (accuracy, control & operators)

                      Have an advanced search like Google Advanced. When searching for 'all these words' that should mean that all of those words are in the article not just one of them.
                      Thanks

                      60 votes
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                        Open - Under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • semantic search which recognises surnames, places etc

                        The use of "" does not filter to surname only i.e. Brakes search comes up with all references to brakes.

                        11 votes
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                        • Allow restricting search to particular days of the week

                          Restrict search to days of the week eg Monday so it would return Saturday football results.

                          4 votes
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                            Open - Under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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

                            12 votes
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                            • 3 votes
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                              • Reward Manual Corrections to OCR-generated flaws

                                There is little incentive to repair obvious flaws in OCR-generated plaintext other than the satisfaction of having done so. Awarding concessionary access to those willing to contribute such exacting labours would improve the accumulated corpus for everyone and render more accurate the search function -- which depends exclusively upon the plaintext version.

                                32 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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

                                  32 votes
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                                  • Downloaded PDFs searchable

                                    The OCR - warts and all! - enables pages to be found - but when the PDF is downloaded it is just an image with no underlying OCR layer. Can the OCR not be included in the PDF?

                                    23 votes
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                                    • A preview for the search results without having to go into the full page

                                      It would be much better if you could hover over an entry after a search and have a small preview pop up showing the context of the match to your search criteria. This would be highly effective in reducing the number of "red herring" matches that you often have to go through.

                                      53 votes
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                                        Open - Under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Improve Optical Character Recognition

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

                                        77 votes
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                                        • 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.

                                          41 votes
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