The ‘Search Title’ Command
- You can search for a book, compilation and other content from any page in the website. The search mechanism allows you to enter search words as free text and to do an advanced search.
- Free text website search
- You can access the search box from any of the catalog pages in one of the following ways:
- Find a Landmark by using the shortcut key for your screen reader software. For example, in the NVDA software, the shortcut key to find Landmarks is D.
- Find a search field using the shortcut key for Edit Fields – in NVDA click the Edit Fields shortcut key, E.
- Find a search field using the shortcut key for Forms Fields. In NVDA the shortcut key for Forms is F.
- If you use a different screen reader program and need help with the shortcut keys, you can go to the Guidance section, to the page “Shortcut keys for popular screen reader software.”
Please note that if while surfing you passed ‘Search Field’, you can return to it in one of the following ways:
- Click Control + Home, and then find the search field using the shortcut keys that you are accustomed to using, as previously noted.
- Click Shift + the shortcut key for Form Fields, Edit Fields. For example, in the NVDA screen reader program you can click Shift + F to go back until you reach the search field.
Type your search query
- The website search area suggests a number of ways to search – free text search, advanced search, previous searches and popular searches.
- We will begin with free text search. You can enter your own text in the search field. The website search is like Google search and other search engines, and offers automatic completion (autocomplete) for search results according to the text you entered. In order to activate autocomplete for titles and content, you should enter at least two letters. In any case, even if you do not wish to use autocomplete, if you key Enter or click the ‘search’ button it will take you directly to the search results page. Please note that unlike in Google search, the Library website search engine does not automatically correct spelling. If you do not find the required result, we recommend you go back and check the spelling.
- When you type a search word you will be presented with results according to what you entered. Screen reader users will hear the number of results found for the search. The screen reader will also read “skip with arrow keys to review search results”. Note that different screen reader software will read the instructions for moving between search results differently – sometimes in Hebrew and sometimes in English, according to the program. At this point you can use the down arrow key to move between search results. When you reach the result that fits your search interest or the specific title that you are seeking, key ENTER and the full title will appear in the search field. Then key ENTER again to reach the search results page.
- If you decided not to choose a title from the autocomplete results, or if it is not available with your program, you can enter different search words to locate a the title, and then key TAB in order to reach the search button. Click the button ‘Search’ to upload the search results page. You can of course enter your search text and then key ENTER in order to operate the search mechanism – according to choice.
If you wish to do an advanced search on the website, click the link ‘advanced search’ in the search box. A window will open to enter your advanced search words to search the Library catalog. You should enter the desired content in the search fields, and then click the ‘finished’ button. Please note that in order to conduct an advanced search you must choose at least 2 different fields.
Search Fields in the Advanced Search Window
- Book Title field
- Author field – where you enter the author’s name
- Options box called ‘genres’ where you choose the relevant genre.
- Edit box to enter the summary. Here you can do a free text search for a keyword or a number of keywords from the book summary.
- “Narrator” field where you can enter the name of a specific narrator.
- An option box called ‘format’ where you can choose the format you require.
- An option box where you can choose according to the year of production.
- An option box called ‘languages’ where you can choose the desired languages.
When you have finished entering the information in the fields of the form, key TAB to reach the buttons ‘clear fields’ or ‘search’.
- If you would like to go back to review the form, you can key Shift + TAB or the shortcut key for form commands. For example, with the NVDA screen reader you can key Shift + F to go back to the form fields of the advanced search. Of course you can also go back by keying the up arrow until you reach the place that you wish to edit changes – or in any other way that you are accustomed to using for online forms.
If you click on the link for previous searches which is located below the search field, you will be taken to a page showing your last search results. If you choose ‘popular search’, you will be taken to a page of the most popular search questions among Library catalog users.
Search Results Page
After you have entered your search query and clicked the ‘search’ button, the search results will upload, and the focus will automatically move to Heading level 1, which details the number of search results found.
Title structure on search results page:
Heading level 1
- Shows total number of search results for the text you entered. For example, for the word ‘life’ (in Hebrew) under Heading level 1, there are 1118 search results. Note that search results for the text entered might change according to availability in the catalog – so that you might find more results for the word ‘life’ in the future, as more and more content is added to the Library catalog.
- Under Heading level 1 you will find quick links to different search results. For example, for the word ‘life’ (in Hebrew) under Heading level 1 you will find quick links to 1113 books, 3 films and 1 content. You can click on one of these links to go directly to the search table for similar content.
Headings level 2
Headings level 2 show the search results for search categories. For example, for the word ‘life’ (in Hebrew) the first result will show 1113 books.
- Under Heading level 2 you can filter the search results according to your preferred format. The formats are presented in the Check Box which you can reach with your screen reader using the TAB key, with the shortcut key for navigating forms, using the arrow keys or in any other way you are accustomed to to using to navigate websites.
- If you chose not to filter preferred formats under Headings level 2, the search results will present the content in tables, and you will have to choose the format for each title or content type – of course dependent on availability.
- As mentioned previously, the contents on the search results page, like in your different baskets, are presented in table format.
Table structure on the search results page
On most of the search results pages of the Library catalog, the content lists are arranged in tables. The tables all follow the same structure in the different areas. You can navigate the tables using the arrow keys, using TAB or using the shortcut keys for tables.
Example of a table search – the Birthday Cake Book
- Column 1: Title (name of book): The Birthday Cake Book. The book title appears as a link, and if you click the link you will be taken to the book title page. On this page you can find details such as title name, author, narrator and book summary, year of publication, publisher, available formats, an option to rate the book, an option to read reviews and more. Additionally you will find recommendations for more titles in the same genre that might interest you. On the title page you can order the book online or order a hard copy.
- Column 2: Author – the author’s name appears as a link which you can click on to go to the search results showing a list of books by the same author that are available in the Library catalog.
- We recommend that you open the links in your new card in the browser, so that you can reference them later, while you continue reviewing the search results.
- You can move between different cards in the browser: if you key Control + TAB you can move to the next card. To go back to the previous card key Control + Shift + TAB.
- Column 3: Format – this column presents all the available formats for the title.
- Column 4: Actions – this column will show up to 4 different action buttons: ‘enter’ – if you click this button you will be taken to the listening list which will automatically open the player (this takes a few seconds), ‘download’ – clicking this button will download the title immediately, directly to the page (after you agree that it is only for your personal use and on condition that you have not exceeded your limit as displayed in the popup), ‘move to mail order basket’ – for ordering by mail only, and ‘save and remember’ – moving the title to your saved titles list for future use. The buttons ‘enter’ and ‘download’ are only available if the titles are in virtual format (eg Mp3). If you chose the button ‘move to mail order basket’ a popup window will open asking you to choose a format from among those available, to order a physical copy for home delivery. When you confirm the popup, your order will be transferred to the order basket. You can move from here to the order basket or you can go back to the search results table.
The above is a review of the website free search mechanism, advanced search and search results presentation. As explained, the search results appear in table format, and so we have prepared a film clip designed to demonstrate how to work with tables.