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Re: Site Updates

Post by PeterJ » Sun May 06, 2018 1:04 pm

Ralf wrote:
Sun May 06, 2018 12:45 pm
Great!

Would you consider doing a search results view which would show just titles with screenshots, with 3, 4 or 5 titles or screenshots in a row?
Hi @Ralf. I agree it was a great feature on WoS. It's certainly something I would like to see, and is on the list. Can't give a timescale but it will happen at some point.
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Re: Site Updates

Post by djnzx48 » Mon May 07, 2018 5:42 am

That looks great! Will it be possible to have the search parameters be encoded in the query string of the URL? Currently it doesn't seem like you can save the result of a search for e.g. posting on the forums. Also, I can't find an easy way to get to the magazines section without first having to find an entry with a magazine reference.
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Re: Site Updates

Post by Einar Saukas » Mon May 07, 2018 6:01 am

djnzx48 wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 5:42 am
Will it be possible to have the search parameters be encoded in the query string of the URL? Currently it doesn't seem like you can save the result of a search for e.g. posting on the forums.
I would like it too! :)

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Mon May 07, 2018 5:42 am
Also, I can't find an easy way to get to the magazines section without first having to find an entry with a magazine reference.
If you search for "crash" for instance, at the bottom of results page you will have a section called "MAGAZINES MATCHING CRASH".
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Re: Site Updates

Post by djnzx48 » Mon May 07, 2018 7:09 am

Ah, I see now. I didn't realise that the 'ZXDB Powered Software Search' and the 'Advanced Search' would bring up different results. Thanks for the tip!
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Re: Site Updates

Post by PeterJ » Mon May 07, 2018 7:18 am

Hello @djnzx48

There is now a way of adding parameters to a search string to get a list of titles. I will post about it this evening.

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Re: Site Updates

Post by PeterJ » Mon May 07, 2018 5:27 pm

@djnzx48 @Einar Saukas

This is basis of the new advanced search. You will be able to bookmark these searches for future use.

Here are a few examples. Please ask if you have any questions. Note because the forum software shows an abbreviated version of the URL, it is best to click on the link then examine the formation of the URL.

We are most grateful for the development work which went into this. It opens up all sorts of possibilities, and it was this that allowed the new A-Z listing on the home page.

Enjoy!

You can use "advanced search" for any arbitrary string in title, publisher or author:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... text=snake

Or you can search for entry titles containing this string specifically in title only:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... itle=snake

Or specifically in publisher name only:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... pubr=snake

Or specifically in author name only:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... thor=snake

By default, results also include crap titles (usually from CSSCGC). If you only want non-crap titles:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... ake&crap=0

Or if you only want to see crap titles:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... ake&crap=1

By default, results are displayed with screenshots. If you want a more compact list of results:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... p=0&list=1

By default, results include both mod and non-mod titles. If you only want mods:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... tack&mod=1

And if you only want full titles (not mods):

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... tack&mod=0

You can also restrict searches to specific genres. For instance, only games:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... genre=Game

This last query will return both individual games (identified as "Game: ...") and game compilations (identified as "Compilation: Games"). If you only want individual games, the trick is searching for genre "Game:" like this:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... genre=Game:

Instead of searching for an arbitrary string anywhere in game title, you can search for titles beginning with a certain prefix:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... efix=adven

Obviously all these options can be combined freely. For instance, if you want a compact list of all non-crap individual games beginning with letter J:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... :&prefix=j
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Re: Site Updates

Post by Einar Saukas » Mon May 07, 2018 5:52 pm

PeterJ wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 5:27 pm
You can use "advanced search" for any arbitrary string in title, publisher or author:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... text=snake

Or you can search for entry titles containing this string specifically in title only:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... itle=snake

Or specifically in publisher name only:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... pubr=snake

Or specifically in author name only:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... thor=snake
OK, these options are already available in your "Advanced Search" form at SC homepage.

PeterJ wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 5:27 pm
By default, results also include crap titles (usually from CSSCGC). If you only want non-crap titles:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... ake&crap=0

Or if you only want to see crap titles:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... ake&crap=1

By default, results are displayed with screenshots. If you want a more compact list of results:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... p=0&list=1

By default, results include both mod and non-mod titles. If you only want mods:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... tack&mod=1

And if you only want full titles (not mods):

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... tack&mod=0
These options definitely need to be added to your "Advanced Search" form!

PeterJ wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 5:27 pm
You can also restrict searches to specific genres. For instance, only games:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... genre=Game

This last query will return both individual games (identified as "Game: ...") and game compilations (identified as "Compilation: Games"). If you only want individual games, the trick is searching for genre "Game:" like this:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... genre=Game:
Perhaps currently available choices for genre could be expanded to accomodate the most interesting special cases too?

PeterJ wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 5:27 pm
Instead of searching for an arbitrary string anywhere in game title, you can search for titles beginning with a certain prefix:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... efix=adven

Obviously all these options can be combined freely. For instance, if you want a compact list of all non-crap individual games beginning with letter J:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... :&prefix=j
Searching for prefix is a little too specific for "Advanced Search" form, I think. The currently available links for each letter at SC homepage is probably enough.
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Re: Site Updates

Post by Kweepa » Mon May 07, 2018 6:05 pm

PeterJ wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 5:27 pm
Or if you only want to see crap titles:
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... ake&crap=1
Yes! <3
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Re: Site Updates

Post by Einar Saukas » Mon May 07, 2018 6:32 pm

In a nutshell, I suggest adding these options to the "Advanced Search" form:

CRAP OPTION:
* all titles
* crap only
* non-crap only (default)

MOD OPTION:
* all titles (default)
* mod only
* non-mod only

RESULTS LAYOUT:
* full (default)
* compact
* load screens
* run screens

The last 2 layouts were suggested by Ralf, that still need to be implemented AFAIK.
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Re: Site Updates

Post by PeterJ » Mon May 07, 2018 6:58 pm

All good ideas @Einar Saukas . I will see if the developer of the advanced search can add these to their long list.
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