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Re: World Shakespeare Bibliography
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0986  Monday, 30 April 2001

From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Sunday, 29 Apr 2001 13:23:42 +0100
Subject: 12.0943 Re: World Shakespeare Bibliography
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0943 Re: World Shakespeare Bibliography

Jim Harner writes about the World Shakespeare Bibliography:

> Actually, searching for an author is quite simple: typing
> 'harrison peter' in the Search screen box or in the Author
> Name field in the Advanced Search screen will quickly
> pull up all documents authored by Peter Harrison. (This
> is a process common to searching so many databases
> that I assumed even a novice would know this.)

This is true of the new interface you've just implemented in the last
few days, and my comment was about its predecessor:

:GIE> Surprisingly, the answer was to put in a search like this:
GIE>
GIE>    Author: Peter and Harrison
GIE>
GIE> That is, you had to do a logical 'and' within a single field

The reviewer who reported this problem was anything but a "novice" and
was in no way ignorant of common processes.  The fault was entirely the
rotten interface.

The new interface and the new data appear to be vast improvements and
the subscription costs are extraordinarily reasonable. If only there was
a CD....

Gabriel Egan

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