Website improvements

How can we improve The British Newspaper Archive?

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  1. Make it easier to download OR print just the article needed and not the whole page.

    Make it easier to download just the article needed and not the whole page. See the NLA's TROVE site for example.

    134 votes
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      26 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Future Publication Schedule

      How about posting a schedule of proposed releases of newspapers. I check the site most days for the areas of the country I am most interested in but a prior announcement of forthcoming newspapers would be useful.

      72 votes
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        5 comments  ·  feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • completed runs & dates / better visibility of what is online

        Let us know in an easily found format the entire run of a paper or journal held in the National Archive and when it has all been copied and put on line.

        56 votes
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          2 comments  ·  feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Please go back to the old layout.

          The layout has become more difficult. Each item takes more vertical space and so more scrolling is needed. Furthermore, when I click on view, nothing happens. At present the system is of no use.

          55 votes
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          • Improve resolution of PDFs, or just let us download the original image

            The PDFs we get to download now are in some cases completely unreadable because the image resolution is far too low. This is especially disappointing when you save the PDF, and come back to do some work from it later on only to find it's a unusable.

            Why can't we download high resolution images instead?

            53 votes
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            • Academic Citation

              The BNA has become an invaluable tool for researchers. I'd like the ability to download a citation of the records in the common formats MLA, Chicago etc.Your database is likely to contain the required information such as source, date, page number and so on. Is there any chance of such a facility being added?

              36 votes
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              • Return to old format.

                New website is terrible and a waste of my subscription. It is certainly not user friendly and at the moment will not load any images.

                30 votes
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                • Combining BNA & FMP subscriptions

                  i have findmypast but choose to subscribe separately to the bna as it offers a much better search but why should i pay twice why not link thro to the bna site so we can do our own search within the fmp subscription?

                  23 votes
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                  • Please return usable interface!

                    The new interface as of May 16, 2017 (US Pacifc) is practically unusable. The old interface worked quite well; the new one lost features: I am no longer able to drag the page into position, nor can I zoom in and out with the mouse wheel.

                    22 votes
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                    • Daily indication of latest additions

                      It would be useful to show every day which years have been added or expanded the previous night, perhaps simply by showing the relevant year date in bold.

                      22 votes
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                      • This layout is impossible to use

                        I CANNOT USE THIS LAYOUT FOR MY RESEARCH- IT IS IMPOSSIBLE. WHY CHANGE SOMETHING THAT IS WORKING WELL.

                        22 votes
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                        • Reporting errors to you

                          An easier way to report errors to you. I've found pages that won't open, the OCR being nearly non existent, the OCR covering a different article on another page, the OCR not opening. When I have reported these errors in the past all I receive back is a standard reply regarding the OCR will have errors and not responding to my specific point.

                          21 votes
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                          • Please make zoomed page movable after zooming in.

                            when you zoom into scan, cannot view whole page

                            15 votes
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                              8 comments  ·  feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Zooming feature

                              I've just rejoined after a couple of years away... maybe it's because I am using Chrome now but when I zoom in to read a highlighted result, I cannot move the page around so the highlight if off the screen... I do not want to have to make a pdf of every result, however tangential to my research! Maybe there should be arrows/ + and - signs, for zooming/navigating a page that are not appearing on my screen? I am having a similar issue on ancestry so it maybe a browser issue

                              14 votes
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                              • Subscription renewals

                                A decent way of renewing subscriptions, as you have a failed and useless system at present.

                                13 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  The idea of making the number of days left on your subscription is a great one and we will add it to the list. Val – when a subscription renewal fails, it is usually because the card you used has expired and you’ve been issued with a new one. Get in touch with Customer Support for help adding a new card. We will look at adding a facility for you to add a new card yourself in future.

                                • Not back to square one

                                  Back to where you were on a results page rather than to top

                                  12 votes
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                                  • Next/previous day

                                    Provide a forward/backward button when viewing a page so that you can skip to the same page in the next/previous day of the same publication

                                    11 votes
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                                    • Make sure uploaded papers don't disappear

                                      I notice that previous feedback refers to the falling number of newspapers available during the WWI period. I have had a similar problem today, in that one previously accessed newspaper (London Daily News, 22.08.1891) appears to have completely vanished from your site. I accessed it on the 24th February this year, but because the quality of the downloaded PDF was not great (another minor gripe), I wanted to check the original, to no avail.

                                      Can you clarify whether or not vanishing newspapers are a common problem? Is it just your database being temperamental, or are certain uploads only temporary? Thanks…

                                      11 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • return from search

                                        After I have viewed a page selected from the search results and I select “back to results”, it takes me to the top of the page of the search results. Then I have to rework my way through the results to find where I was. It would be far better for it to take me back to where I was in the search results list before selecting that last page for viewing.

                                        11 votes
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                                        • Improve usability and navigation

                                          I tried to give you feedback but the text box for feedback is so tiny I resorted to screenshots in a PDF file to demonstrate.

                                          Although I love the content on this site and am happy to pay for the digitization of new papers, the usability of this site needs improvement.

                                          11 votes
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