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The page viewer on the Isle of Wight County Press archive is powered by HTML5 or Flash and should work over a broad range of devices including smartphones and tablets.
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The Isle of Wight County Press Archive is currently in beta mode. We are continuing to work to improve the site.
Microfilm of the County Press newspaper has been scanned and converted to image files (high quality jpegs) and are then processed with optical character recognition (OCR). This creates digital text which is put in a database and is searchable.
The digital text OCR creates is not 100 per cent accurate. The accuracy depends on the quality of the original film, the style of the font, the size of the font and the design of the text on the page.
The OCR scans all text on the page so you may be delivered results from adverts.
On occasions there may be text on the page that has not been processed by the OCR, which means some reports may not come up through the search.
Pages scanned from microfilm (1884-2005) will be a lower quality image than the pdf pages (2006-present).
There may be occasions when the original print quality of a page has led to OCR problems. This could lead to problems searching those pages, despite them including the chosen keywords or search terms.
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