The translations and English language items have been stored in data base format with a view to facilitating easy retrieval/searches. They could be retrieved, accordingly, in any of the following ways once the data base, yet a work in progress, is complete:
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- Category-wise: Clicking on a particular category (or sub-category) button at the bottom right hand corner of the page will throw up all entries classified in that category (sub-category).
- Date-wise: Clicking on the calendar at the bottom of the screen will yield entries for that particular day.
- Latest Additions: The ‘Latest Additions’ button at the bottom left hand corner can be used to view the latest entries. [This feature is intended to draw attention to entries uploaded later (than the date of publication, upon receipt of the translations) that would automatically go into the data base listing in chronological order, and not the entries of the latest date, which would be visible at the top of the display in the Table of Contents anyway.]
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- Quick Search: This is an unstructured search facility, for searches on the basis of any word typed into the “Quick Search” bar on the top right hand corner. All entries (items) in which that word figures in the text will be thrown up in the Search Results. Thus, e.g. typing “People’s Daily” in the Search bar yields all entries in which the words “People’s Daily” figure in the text of the articles/translations, not items from the People’s Daily. (For the latter, it would be necessary to use the “Filter by Journal” facility.
The search process is not case-sensitive. Being an in-built feature of the platform on which the project data is uploaded, it is based on some prefed algorithm. So viewers would have to figure out the underlying mechanisms and search criterion and features themselves. It appears to search on an expansive, and not restrictive, basis — i.e. the Search results throw up entries in which even one of the words typed in figures, and not just those in which the phrase or sentence appears as a whole.
- Advanced Search: This facility allows multiple searches to be made — journal-wise and according to the language of the journal (English or Chinese). The latter comes with a second language filter (English-Chinese or Chinese-English), which can be used to narrow the Search results on the basis of either language (English/Chinese) to explore which of those items were also carried in the other language, i.e. both English and Chinese. This (combined) search can be used to compare the projections made in the two major segments of the target audience — domestic Chinese and foreign.