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Old 2010-03-30, 01:25   #1
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I have two suggestions for PrimeNet:

1. The Known Factors page should have some sort of indicator that shows if a number has been completely factored. For example, something like an asterisk next to the exponent will do.

This actually reminds me of a very similar problem: every number with one or more known factors is marked as "factored," even if the cofactor is composite or of unknown status. The pedantic folks (i.e., those who prefer technical corectness) will probably take issue with this, so a better idea would be to reserve the "factored" status for numbers that are known to be completely factored. Otherwise, we should use "factor found" instead (cf. this post by R. D. Silverman).

2. I've noticed that some pages now provide the option to display the results as a text report in .csv format. However, it is returned as part of the page. A casual user can simply copy the report, but more advanced users (such as those using an automated process) may balk at having to separate it from the rest of the HTML every time. It is possible to automatically extract the data using regular expressions, but this would still be a hassle. It would be nice if it were possible to download the report directly as a .csv file.

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