Index filters sometimes produce very long lists, which are unwieldy to navigate.
Remove the Index section. The new design will incorporate a search function with either predictive text, or alphabetical sections.
There are currently 4,000 surnames listed in the Parish Clerks’ Memoranda Books.
|Figure 9—1: the length of site menus is subject to every variation within the text|
Click where you would expect to search for the surname “Gaveston".
This issue was not tested because of it was covered within the tests for the other search-based issues. It reminds us of issue #1, in which historians did not adopt the functionality which comes from seeing text as a 'database of words'. For many users, free-text search is an essential (non-negotiable?) part of the research process.
Bruce Tate, Project Manager
Donna Baillie, Project Officer