Only show "starts with" for relevant fields
Currently, the "starts with" functionality is only available for title searching. There are already some posts here about adding it for other fields, like call number and subject, which I support. This post is about the current behavior though. If I choose to search by another field, such as author/creator or subject, then the next dropdown allows me to choose "starts with" even though it's not available, and it immediately switches to a title search. I'd prefer that, if a user has selected a field other than Title, that "starts with" just wouldn't show up at all. If the task at hand is finding something by author, it doesn't make sense to switch the user to a title search. So if I've selected an author search, then I'd only have contains or is (exact) available in the next dropdown.
Graham Fredrick commented
I agree; this is more of a bug and is baffling why this hasn't been corrected since 2017. The search interface should not give you options for ineligble categories.
Joe Montibello commented
I can't believe this has been a thing since 2017 and it still hasn't been fixed. This is not a good user experience at all.
Naomi Abraham commented
this should be a basic function and not an enhancement idea. We are having a lot of problems with searching subject headings because of the lack of this function. We are getting a lot of noise with results of sub subjects that are being retrieved. very important feature. Please vote!
excellent idea otherwise all the other "start with" very confusing
Manu Schwendener commented
Liverpool Hope University renamed 'starts with' to 'starts with (titles only)' as a temporary workaround
For the pre-filters under the search field in simple search:
Configuration –> Discovery –> Labels –> Basic Search Pre-Filters Labels
For advanced search:
Configuration –> Discovery –> Labels –> Search Tile Labels
For multilingual Primo VEs: switch the language above the table, save each change before you go to the next language.
I agree. I want to see this change. It is very confusing the way it is now.
Manu Schwendener commented
> immediately switches to a title search
Highly agree with this idea. We have only been live a couple of months and our users found this problem right away.
They hadn't realized what was happening at first since it is rather subtle when it changes to title!
If you didn't notice also - once the user chooses "starts with" then the other drop down menu no longer allows toggling between the choices, but still shows the arrow and it's unclear that you cannot change it.
Only when you switch the secondary dropdown to something else, besides "starts with" are you allow to switch the primary dropdown to author, subject, call number.
It's just very unclear and unusual behavior for related drop downs.