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Has our wish come true?

In Evidence-Based Librarianship on April 16, 2009 by Danielle Tagged: , , , , ,

OvidSP has just sent out an email to its valued customers describing a couple of updates that it will roll out today between 14:00 and 15:00 GMT (or sometime in the morning, for you Canucks and Yankees).

One change in particular has me almost breathless:

“During this deployment, we are also expanding the size of the Search query box and the Search History box (where applicable), by removing the OvidSP Tips box, thereby providing more interface space for searching.”

Could it really be true?  Will we actually now have the full breadth of the browser window to play with when conducting searches on OvidSP databases such as Medline and Embase?  When I use the zoom functionality in Firefox to boost the font size will I be able to read more than 4 words on each line?

It is my belief that Ovid has finally given in to the various pressures (e.g. here and here) to get rid of the Ovid Tips box as it has proved not only useless but cumbersome.  Not to mention a roadblock to accessibility for end users with poor eyesight.  I am surprised that Ovid neither tried to make the Tips useful, nor got rid of it when the results of last year’s survey came in. The removal of the Tips box was about the only thing survey respondents could agree upon, as I recall.

With bated breath I wait for more screen real estate.

Update: Yes! I just logged on.  It is really true–bye bye OvidSP Tips box.

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