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Re: Site Updates

Post by PeterJ » Wed May 09, 2018 9:19 pm

@hikoki
If you can provide a spreadsheet for Einar with the ZXDB ID it will be easier for him to import into ZXDB.

I assume these are titles where ZXDB does not have the source code listed, so I'm sure you can provide Einar with information and files you think are missing which would be most useful and help all users of ZXDB as we can only query what it contains.
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Re: Site Updates

Post by R-Tape » Wed May 09, 2018 10:24 pm

The additions to the main search are great (crappiness , chortle!). Great work guys.

A couple of thoughts:

Is enhanced date searching an option here (eg between 1993 - 2008, or >2000) or is that better kept for the "more advanced search"?

Would an ultra compact layout be an option too far? I'd quite like to be able to see loads of titles on one page with very little formatting and a small font. Ugly but useful.

Re the source code (ta hikoki), does this have to be checked/collated manually? If yes I could make a start next week.
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Re: Site Updates

Post by Einar Saukas » Wed May 09, 2018 10:48 pm

R-Tape wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 10:24 pm
Re the source code (ta hikoki), does this have to be checked/collated manually? If yes I could make a start next week.
If a certain title appears in hikoki's list but not SC, it means there's a source code file somewhere that needs to be added to ZXDB.
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Re: Site Updates

Post by hikoki » Thu May 10, 2018 11:37 am

Let me know if you want me to discuss anything.
For example, Solitario-1K, this game was originally published for ZX81 here
https://web.archive.org/web/20150317003 ... =15&t=5434
I think the author's documentation would deserve to be preserved (I should have taken a screenshot and include it on the download link). Later on, on the same thread, Mcleod/ideafix changed the zx81 code and documented his own mod (the type-in image has been lost but I know where else it is), later on the same thread Avillena shortened the zx81 code and also converted it to the Spectrum as well as publishing a zxmakebas which works both for zx81 and spectrum.
So this title has a forum history regarding source code: the source code is not on the archive because his authors published it on the very same forum thread, the game is on the archive as Spectrum game but not as ZX81, there are different versions which I don't recall if I put them all on the download zip..
Likewise, other sources by Dancresp are only on the forums where he released his games.
Some other authors provide pdf guides (Douglas Bagnall), Basin files (Arda), diagrams, etc
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Re: Site Updates

Post by Einar Saukas » Thu May 10, 2018 6:33 pm

R-Tape wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 10:24 pm
Is enhanced date searching an option here (eg between 1993 - 2008, or >2000) or is that better kept for the "more advanced search"?
It should be trivial to have min_year and max_year, instead of a single year field. To search between 1993-2008, set both fields. To search >2000, set first field and leave the other blank. To search only 1989, set both fields to the same value.

The only drawback is, if most users run searches for a single year, it can be annoying to set this value twice, in both fields.

What do people think?
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Re: Site Updates

Post by R-Tape » Thu May 10, 2018 7:53 pm

Einar Saukas wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 6:33 pm
R-Tape wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 10:24 pm
Is enhanced date searching an option here (eg between 1993 - 2008, or >2000) or is that better kept for the "more advanced search"?
The only drawback is, if most users run searches for a single year, it can be annoying to set this value twice, in both fields.
Tricky, that could potentially be a pain. I think I would want multiple years as often as single ones.

How about pressing Ctrl and selecting whatever combination of years you wanted in the list? That could be even more useful that between or more than, as you could include/exclude any year you fancied. It would rule out mobile users, but as long as it didn't mess up the single year search for them I think it would be worth it.

Though if the Ultra More Advanced Search++ is likely to appear within 6 months maybe the main search is perfect as is.
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Re: Site Updates

Post by Ralf » Thu May 10, 2018 8:19 pm

Just noticed advanced search becoming more advanced ;) It's a great addition!

Some quick notes:

- Instead of "idiom" I guess simply "language" would be better

-at these moment I'm unable to search just for any mod or all crap games. I get "Please search for title with at least 3 chars long, or use advance search with one or more search fields". I don't get it if for example I choose any game with source code

-as others say a search for range of years or selected multiple years would be great!
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Re: Site Updates

Post by PeterJ » Thu May 10, 2018 8:40 pm

Hi @Ralf

Spooky! We have just been having the same discussion about Idiom. I have changed it to Country (although that may change).

Thanks for reporting the other issues. We will take a look.

I never knew so much software came from Sweden!
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Re: Site Updates

Post by Einar Saukas » Thu May 10, 2018 8:56 pm

PeterJ wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 8:40 pm
I have changed it to Country.
It's wrong to name it as "Country", if it's searching for "Language".

Certain languages are shared by different countries, and certain countries have more than one official language.

PeterJ wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 8:40 pm
I never knew so much software came from Sweden!
Searching for Swedish language may also return titles from Finland, since that's an official language there too.
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Re: Site Updates

Post by PeterJ » Thu May 10, 2018 8:58 pm

@Einar Saukas, yes you are right. I have changed it.
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