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Re: Title length

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Meic Pierce Owen <[log in to unmask]>

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Meic Pierce Owen <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 16 Feb 2016 09:32:25 +0000

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I like the mapping to Google practice idea and Twitter is a good comparison

-----Original Message-----
From: Archivists, conservators and records managers. [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Morag Fyfe
Sent: 15 February 2016 14:27
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Title length

Hi Jane,

I am reading this with some interest having been involved with a cataloguing project that did limit the characters in the title.  Like you say, I do think there is some merit to limiting titles for catalogues online for ease of use by the user, so that they have a more sensible hit list for their search. 

When I worked on the Hillsborough Disclosure (http://hillsborough.independent.gov.uk) we had a limit of 150 characters for the title field - argued up from around 80 that the IT guys wanted as that reflects what Google does. I used Twitter + 10 as my guide when suggesting a higher limit, and then proved that most useful titles can be contained in that sort of space. It was frustrating at times, but generally worked ok!  I'd probably suggest 200-250 is a better amount as we did sometimes struggle, but I knew I'd never get them to agree to that!!. A character limited field in the propriety software stopped us going over, everything else then went in the Description field.  If you went down that route though there is then the decision about what to do with the legacy data, but I do think it is ultimately a good idea.

Best wishes,

Morag 

(In a personal capacity)

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> On 15 Feb 2016, at 13:25, Jane Stevenson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Hi Dave,
> 
> I don't think anyone would delete any content. It would be a case of moving it to the scope and content, which is really what it should be. But I don't feel that we can necessarily do that when someone has put the data into the title field. 
> 
> Thinking of the person on the web is what concerns me with long titles, because it turns a hit list of potential useful results into pretty much one page for one title.  It tends to look as if it is a transcription rather than a description. 
> 
> cheers,
> Jane
> 
> 
> 
>> On 15 Feb 2016, at 13:00, Dave Caroline <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> I think you have to think also of the person on the web, if they 
>> search for the full name and you edited it, they wont find it.
>> 
>> Dave Caroline
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