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Updating the library catalogue on Symphony Services website:
It is programmed in generic PHP/MySQL, largely using Dreamweaver generated PHP code.
The changes required are:
1. When you drill down to a particular work in the catalogue, information displayed in some fields is cut off by a few characters on the right edge even when it wraps to the next line. This tends to happen in the fields which often contain a lot of information, namely the Instrumentation, Title and Description fields. Could you please make sure that the text in all fields (but especially the three mentioned above) wraps properly so that none of it is cut off? This may be a Windows display issue only?
2. Currently when more than 50 results are displayed after a search is conducted, it is difficult to know exactly which results are being displayed or where you are within the results. Would it be possible for there to be some kind of indication, for example, “Results 51-100 of 458”, or if the pages were shown by numbers you can click on to jump from page to page, for example, “Previous 2 3 4 5 Next” (when you are on page 4)?
3. Currently the results of a search are sorted by composer by default. Would it be possible to allow the user the ability to sort by any of the columns displayed by clicking on the column header? This is not absolutely essential for us but it would be nice to have if it isn’t too difficult to do.
4. Currently searching in the Title field doesn’t scan the Prefix and Subtitle fields as well. Could you please make sure that it does? This is very important, probably the most important item to fix. By the way, searching in the Composer field does appear to scan the Arranger/Editor field as well which is good.
5. Searching for text with diacriticals using search terms without diacriticals works very well at the moment. It appears to be quite a fuzzy search but this is better than it being to precise. However, if someone chooses to actually type the diacritical in, the search engine treats the character as a space instead rather than the character itself. For example, if you search for the string “après” in the Title field by typing the word exactly with the grave accent on the E, the search engine treats it as if you were looking for “apr s”, that is, it will return any titles with “apr” and “s” in it. We would like the search engine to not treat characters with diacritical as spaces. It also does this with the apostrophe (non-curly) and hyphen which also should be accepted as they are. You do of course get the thing you are looking for in the results, but if someone decides to be precise by including diacriticals, apostrophes and hyphens, they should not be penalised with hundreds of results. Could you possibly tweak the search engine to treat characters with diacriticals, apostrophes and hyphens literally, rather than reading them as a space?