BillB wrote:With databases or data lists the important thing is how it is used.
Indeed. How we are doing this here is a compromise for sure, but it's better than the current situation of having to go use the Wayback Machine to find your way around.
BillB wrote:How does somebody approaching this information request a result and how is it presented. In my case it might be that I would like all articles on Roland JV or Korg Trinity (to name two obvious examples from the period).
If all the possible links are visible on one page, I would be happy with the browser search - it would tell me how many instances, it would highlight them, and it would allow me to step through them.
That would be the ideal and what I'm trying to go for, but again, I'm a bit limited in options with the forum - it depends on how many posts get paginated and so on. (Looks like 15 posts per page, non-user-configurable).
BillB wrote:If, as seems likely, it will not be possible to fit all of the links on one page of the Forum, might it be an idea to split them by Reviews, People and Opinion and Techniques? Would that make (say) all the Reviews searchable in one page?
Yes. I've done essentially indexes for:
- By Issue
- All Reviews
- All People + Opinion
- All Technique
- Other (mainly Sound Advice and Music Business)
While it's nice to keep the indexes in one thread to keep everything together and for searching, it might be not ideal to try to bung everything in one thread for usability reasons - so perhaps we should have a few threads?
BillB wrote:p.s. the more compact look is fine. Well done - again!
Thanks - yes, I prefer that too and is more or less what I have initially gone with for now.
Presumably this should go in the Useful Information forum? With maybe the sticky/information thread (this thread) updated so the first post includes links to the eventual indexes.
Also - it seems there were issue contents on SOS for Jan 2002 so I've stopped at Dec 2001 - would that be correct?
I'm basically ready to post, so perhaps I should post them up in the way that seems most sensible, and we can discuss whether it works, what needs to be changed etc, from there? Obviously, once the post edit window expires I'll need to pester the mods to make changes...