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Re: Toronto Tax Assessment Rolls 1853
In Response To: Toronto Tax Assessment Rolls 1853 ()
Thanks for the tip!!
This is a nice addition to the cadre of online databases, but I've noticed a few problems using this database.
I'm a Systems Administrator for a dotcom, so I have both a Mac and a PC on my desk here at work. My Mac, running OS 10.3.8 downloaded the DejaVu plug-in without a problem, then was able to easily view the images in any browser (Safari, Netscape, OmniWeb, Internet Exploder, etc.). However, I really DON'T like the fact that it actually has to DOWNLOAD the images onto my hard drive in order for me to be able to view them ... my computer is already so cluttered with "stuff" that the thought of having to clean up any additional files leaves me a bit cold.
On my PC, however, things got REALLY strange. I'm running Win 2000 Professional and I prefer to use Netscape as my browser (it's much faster than IE). I downloaded the DejaVu plugin without problem, but when I went to view an image from the search results, the computer started opening up dozens of browser windows, one after the other, going so quickly, the only way I could stop it was to restart my computer. It looked like a virus, but I'm sure it was just a fluke in how the DejaVu plug in works with Netscape.
So, I tried viewing it again, with I.E. and it worked fine and the PC version did not have to download a copy of each page onto my hard drive before I could view it.
IN EITHER CASE (Mac or PC), the images are simply not very good, and for someone like me who wants to do as much research from home and print out original documents over the web, this feature leaves much to be desired.
Printing to letter, legal or tabloid (11" x 17") sized paper didn't make a difference ... the images are not very clear or crisp and it's EXTREMELY difficult to discern any of the information, no matter how large or small I made the image. I've tried over a dozen different pages, same result each time.
The transcriptions of the database will be of much greater use and I LOVE the fact that a single search returns both the names of the Occupants and the Owners, and it's great that you can use both a Soundex search or Wild-card character search (*).
But when it comes to the images, in this case, you're gonna have to view the actual film in person.
The best part, however, is that it's FREE!! (so why am I complaining?)
- Lisa B. Lee
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