Just to give an example of just how bad this really is, let’s try searching for “Precision Damage”. This is a real world example, as it came up during our game last night. For the record, what I’m trying to find is the side bar on Damage Types found in the Damage section of Chapter 9 of the CRB.
Searching for “precision damage”, with quotes, gives 129 pages of results, with only 6 results per page, which is roughly 774 results. However, given the highlighted entries on the first page, it’s clear that it’s actually searching for entries with “precision” and “damage” in them, despite me trying to search for just the phrase “precision damage”.
Pages 1 through 3 of the results contain an eclectic collection of stat blocks, equipment entries, etc.
Page 4 has the first chapter page, but it’s chapter 6.
Hilariously, page 5 contains entries from the Glossary and Index section, what I’d typically use to find what I’m looking for in the print version.
Page 6 includes a few results from Chapter 11.
Pages 8 through 12 are entirely filled with results from Chapter 10.
At the top of page 13, we find a result from Chapter 9, which does actually point to the section I was looking to find.
Additionally, none of the results are actual “web links”, so I can’t open a result in another tab to check to see if it’s what I’m looking for. And if I go back to the results page, it resets everything back to page 1.