All search parameters are cumulative, such that any item returned would have to fit the multiple criteria selected. For example, choosing “Cilicia” in the Region selector and typing “chapel” in the Keyword field would return all images of chapels in Cilicia.
For the Keyword field, a minimum of two letters (not case-sensitive) are required in order to accommodate the site of Ak, but this functionality can obviously be problematic if not used appropriately. Also, please be aware that partial words can be used in the Keyword field, e.g., “ armeni” would return all values of Armenia and Armenian.
Note also that selecting a site in the Sites selector will return only that site, from which one may navigate to all albums of all authors with images of that site. On the other hand, typing “sis” in the Keyword field results in the sites of Misis and Sis to be returned, as well as any images with “sis” as part of their description. While the intention of this functionality is to allow, for example, views of Sis from other sites, it also has the unintended result of returning descriptions with that partial word, such as “prosthesis”.
Finally, regarding alphabets, an effort has been made to display site names in as many as possible of the locally relevant alphabets (although Arabic is not currently supported). Additionally, Turkish letters of the modified Latin alphabet can be entered in the standard English letters to return the correct modern Turkish names (i.e., typing a dotted “i” can be substituted for the undotted Turkish “ı”, typing an “s” can be substituted for a Turkish “ş”, etc…. This is for the user’s convenience, and should not imply that the site of İşa, for example, is also known as Isa in Turkish or in any other language. Other alphabets can be used in the Keyword search field also to return the specific site, but only if a name in the foreign language is known from the antique or medieval periods. However, another word of caution: since only the modern Turkish spelling is used in the image descriptions, only entering that version in the Keyword field will return images with that particular site name in their image descriptions.