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  1. Make it easy to rearrange sections in a list, using the drag and drop within the Table of Contents.

    Make it easy to rearrange whole sections in a list, using drag and drop within the Table of Contents. This functionality was in the last version.
    It was much better than the options in the current version and has been requested by a user at my University

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  2. Drag and drop sections on lists

    Several of our list owners have fed back that it would be better if list owners/publishers were able to drag and drop sections to move them around within lists. Currently, it's possible to click the double-ended arrow, and hold and drag to move paragraphs and resources up and down a list. For sections though, we have to click on the three dots and choose 'Move Up' or 'Move Down', which is time-consuming especially when moving sections on longer lists.

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  3. Retention of the 'cut' feature in the action menu after searching

    When adding structure to sometimes lengthy lists migrated from our previous system, tutors use the search function to find the item they wish to move to one of their sections. However, the 'cut' feature is then absent from the action menu meaning they cannot 'move' the item to the right place in the list; only 'copy' it via 'My Bookmarks'. This either means the original item is still floating in the unstructured portion of the list and has to be found again to be deleted, or the tutor has to remember to open the action menu a second time with…

    2 votes

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  4. Add built-in accessibility checker to Aspire

    We would like to see a feature built into Talis Aspire that would enable the system to run an accessibility check on items as they were being added to a reading list to determine whether the destination platform (e.g. an eBook site or journals database) is compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. If that were possible, we could train our list creators to choose accessible resources for their lists. Also, the existence of a tool like this would put some pressure on those resource providers whose platforms are not very accessible to make improvements, or else find their resources making…

    1 vote

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  5. Adding an item whilst in search filter

    We sometimes need to add a new edition, or e-book to a list that already contains an item. We've discovered that when you search to find the existing item in the list, you can't then add your new bookmarked item and it's quite frustrating. So, we'd like to be able to add items when in the search filter for a list.

    8 votes

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  6. Add bulk action tools into Aspire itself

    The bulk action tools produced by Joe Munzer at York St John University under the aegis of Talis Developer Network have been absolutely invaluable during the last year - thanks Joe! However, my colleagues and I have had some difficulties getting the tool set up on our work computers because they are Managed Desktop machines and not really intended to run applications like Docker and XAMPP, which are needed to use Joe's bulk tools. Ideally, we would like to see the functionality of bulk tools could be incorporated into Aspire 'Admin' menu or even added as a separate 'Actions' menu…

    36 votes

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  7. Abolish the Publish button!

    What earthly use is the Publish button? It is hugely frustrating (not to say time-consuming) to continually have to search and click this Publish button to see your changes. Combine this with a user-driven option to control rollback to permit restore an earlier iteration from a complete history of changes.

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  8. Make sections background more colourful (perhaps the same blue as in the classic edit or something to make them stand out more. )

    Since the new list edit it seems harder to spot the sections because the background colour used is not so prominent and it doesn't make it easy to spot sections or to spot where a section ends especially when dragging items to the bottom of a long section. It would be great if the background colour was a little more obvious either more saturated (obviously taking into account accessibility) or a perhaps a different colour to the rest of the list. Thank you.

    55 votes

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    Thank you for all the feedback relating to the sections and the difficulties around defining them. We will be making some changes to these to make them more distinct. We will update as these become available.

  9. make the publish button persistent

    When editing long lists it's would be helpful to have the publish button always visible on the persistent toolbar so you don't have to scroll back to the top of the list. It would also help people to remember to publish if they can see the button at all times while editing.

    8 votes

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  10. search

    In the New List Edit View / Published view you cannot use the browsers built in find function to search through an entire reading list.

    You can only search for items that are in close proximity to where you are on the page.

    In the attached video I am pressing ENTER as I move down the list searching for the item. It only finds and highlights the item when I am close by.

    I use the browsers find feature as part of my workflow to jump around the reading list while I am editing. This way I can quickly find…

    20 votes

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  11. Copy sections

    We would like the ability to copy sections from one reading list to another.

    Davis Renfree said there have been similar requests in the past, however, they date from a while back when everyone was using Classic Edit, so it would be useful to raise a new idea. This would also help Talis gauge support for the idea as they continue to develop New List Edit further.

    93 votes

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  12. Prioritising editing window size for smaller devices

    At present on smaller devices the editing window only accounts for about a quarter of the screen height only.

    In an example I received only two of the editable fields are visible, making working on them difficult - while the tenancy header and Item title take up the majority of the screen.

    It would be great for future development in this area to bring the editing window to the fore

    8 votes

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  13. Make the 'Request a new digisation' window draggable

    In List edit we can see a student note to e.g. read certain pages. When the request digisation window opens it obscures the note section of the list. Can you make the window draggable so the note can be referred to and details checked?

    8 votes

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  14. Warning when removing bookmark with digitisation attached

    Would it be possible for a user to be warned when they are removing a bookmark with a digitisation attached? Or for the Reading List team to receive a notification when someone has removed a bookmark that had a digitisation attached?
    We find that academics remove the bookmarks without telling us that the digitisation is no longer required (they seem to think that removing the bookmark terminates the digitisation) - the digitisation stays live in TADC but is no longer accessible via the list. At the moment the process of doing our monthly stats identifies when there is a discrepancy…

    51 votes

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    With New List Edit the Delete warning is already much stronger, however, this specific request has come up in feedback and we plan to address this with clearer messaging about the impact on Digitisations. This is not currently scheduled but we will update as this moves to the top of our priorities.

  15. Enable users to be given publishing roles for all list under a particular subject/department

    Enable users to be given publishing roles for all list under a particular department or subject area. This would be really useful for administrative staff who assist with maintaining lists in their department. Users could have roles for each list in the English department, for example.

    5 votes

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  16. Ability to turn off prompt to update metadata in all occurrences of a bookmark when this is formatted as a Chapter

    Quite often a reading list will feature several instances of the same book, but with different chapters to be read in different weeks. Usually in this case the book is bookmarked once and this is then dragged and dropped into each part of the list, then each instance is edited to 'Has Part - Chapter' and the appropriate details filled in.

    When saving this or making any future edits, we get the prompt 'You have added this bookmark in multiple places - in total it appears X times on X list(s)' ... Do you want the changes you have made…

    3 votes

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  17. Return to same point on list after editing bookmark in new list view

    Previously (i.e. on classic list view) when editing a list, the 'Edit metadata' option for individual bookmarks allowed you to make changes to a bookmark and then to return to the same point on the list when you clicked Save. This was useful if you needed to work through a list (e.g. to upgrade the quality of the metadata in bookmarks).

    In new list view the 'Edit metadata' option returns you to the top of the list when you click Save, rather than to the point on the list you were working on.

    Particularly when working through long lists, it…

    25 votes

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  18. Show digitisation rejected

    In the list edit view mode, it would be great if where it says digitisation live and pending, it would also show when a digitisation has been rejected. This would help limit duplicate requests, and provide a quick answer to why there isn't a digitisation without having to check TADC separately.

    15 votes

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  19. Enhance the LTI tools to grant access to lists

    Extend the LTI integration so that an academic can click through from a module in their learning management system (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, etc) to Aspire and be granted appropriate access to the list in Aspire. This would be a much more effective way to grant academics List Publisher access to their lists than the clumsy email invitation system.

    This functionality is available in other systems such as Echo360 Lecture Capture so it has the additional advantage of being familiar to academics who are already using this.

    3 votes

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  20. Option to create a new blank list on the module screen

    When you create a new module you see the screen where you can link an existing list. It would be very handy at this point to have a button that says 'create a new list' that contains a hotlink to the new list page.
    (At present I have 'Create a new list' saved as a frequently used bookmark but this would be useful if using a different computer)

    2 votes

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