Technical Requirements

The British Colonist site has been designed to be functional across a wide range of browsers and operating systems. Any reasonably modern browser and operating system should work.

Known Issues

The searchable text for the British Colonist was generated by optical character recognition (OCR) software reading images created from old microfilm. Quality of the output varies greatly due to the very small size of the text, variety of typefaces used, and the condition of the original images.

Consequently, it was not possible to index all instances of every term in the paper, and not all terms in the index are accurate. Search term highlighting may occasionally fail when there is a mismatch between the OCR text and the text in the original document. These limitations are inherent in the technologies used in this project and the nature of the original source materials. Future developments in OCR technologies may enable us to improve the searchability of the British Colonist in time.