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 Post subject: Updates to steamlocomotive.info (Part 1)
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:40 pm 
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Several shortcomings within the website's search function have been addressed.

First we've made a change to the way in with Railroad Name is handled. Let's use C&O 614 as an example. If you searched for C&O 614 you'd come up empty because the railroad name was stored as "Chesapeake & Ohio". So....we added an abbreviation field. So now you can search for the railroad name or its most common abbreviation. In the case of 614, either Chesapeake & Ohio or C&O will work.

Abbreviations have been stored for about 15,000 of the locomotives in the database. We've also modified the management interface so that our editors can update this field if necessary.

Second, if you searched for the number 614 you'd get a list of locomotives whose number included the digits 614. Not exceptionally useful. This was done because a number of locomotives had both a number or a name or both in that field. Now you can choose how this works. There's a check box labeled "Exact Match" on the search page. Check the box and the search engine will return ONLY locomotives whose number exactly matches the one you've entered. Leave it unchecked and it will continue to work the way it always has.

A LOT more changes are coming. Hope you like these.

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