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Search goes on

Steve Herrmann Steve Herrmann | 10:53 UK time, Thursday, 25 May 2006

Users of the BBC News website might have noticed we have changed the way Search works. Now, whichever page you search from, the results page will be from across the entire BBC website - news, radio, TV, Where I Live etc etc. The top News results will still be clustered - Google-style - at the top of the list.

A graphic of the BBC News websiteIt's not been a popular move in some quarters (specifically with many journalists who work on the site), but of the hundreds of thousands who use our search every day, there have been barely two dozen complaints. So we think what we've done is probably right - it's based on research which indicated that most searches are not related to the page they are sent from, but could be about any subject. People reading a news story are more likely to search for something non-news related such as EastEnders or GCSE Bitesize than they are another news subject.

It is a work in progress, though - we are looking at restoring some of the "advanced options" we have lost, and will consider giving users an option to choose default results - hardened users of the news site could opt always to see results from news. If you approve or disapprove of the new search, do let me know though. Any feedback is useful.


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