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Re: Adding site wide menu to WPD?

From: Chris Mills <cmills@opera.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2012 16:05:57 +0000
Cc: Jonathan Garbee <jonathan@garbee.me>, public-webplatform@w3.org
Message-Id: <9633C27A-8171-4DDB-9BDE-B74EED98CFE1@opera.com>
To: Taylor Costello <nottaylorcostello@gmail.com>
Ah, cool - great point to bring up, Taylor.

So a combination of both solutions, or one, or a single hybrid solution, would be great. At the bottom wouldn't be such a bad place to put the site wide menu, if we felt that losing a bit more space at the top of each page was that big a deal.

And we did at one point discuss having some kind of related links type bar or menu, which would provide useful things such as:

* the previous and next articles (if in a specific linear series)
* suggestions of other related articles to move on to next
* canonical articles covering the basics of each technology covered (if you are in some kind of advanced article covering an advanced techniques that features a combination of technologies/features)
* links to the W3 specs for the different technologies discussed in the article

This is mainly useful for tutorials/concepts of course, but is it an ideal worth resurrecting?

Chris Mills
Open standards evangelist and dev.opera.com editor, Opera Software
Co-chair, web education community group, W3C
Author of "Practical CSS3: Develop and Design" (http://my.opera.com/chrismills/blog/2012/07/12/practical-css3-my-book-is-finally-published)

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On 6 Dec 2012, at 15:12, Taylor Costello <nottaylorcostello@gmail.com> wrote:

> Sorry, I couldn't link to the menu directly because it's not a header but I'll link as closely as possible:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematics#External_links
> 
> Scroll down right under the external links, there is a menu to navigate to other pages related to mathematics.
> 
> On Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 8:03 AM, Jonathan Garbee <jonathan@garbee.me> wrote:
> 1) How can we see Wikipedia's bottom menu?  I have never encountered that before to my knowledge.
> 
> 2) +1 to improving navigation using a global menu.
> 
> -Garbee
> 
> On 12/6/2012 10:00 AM, Taylor Costello wrote:
>> If we wanted to avoid pushing the skin down or anything like that, it's possible we could make templates that are menus and place them on the bottom of every page. I would be interested in this too if anyone else likes it. Much like Wikipedia's bottom page menus. Either way, I really like this idea and I'd love to see it put into place, it would improve navigation times a million. :3
>> 
>> On Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 7:57 AM, Chris Mills <cmills@opera.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> 
>> I thought this would be a good idea, as in general getting around the site is quite hard, so I thought a menu that would enable you to get to any of the major topics and subtopics would be useful.
>> 
>> Here is the bug:
>> 
>> https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=20250
>> 
>> This also includes a rough HTML/CSS mockup of the sort of menu I think would be useful.
>> 
>> Thoughts?
>> 
>> Chris Mills
>> Open standards evangelist and dev.opera.com editor, Opera Software
>> Co-chair, web education community group, W3C
>> Author of "Practical CSS3: Develop and Design" (http://my.opera.com/chrismills/blog/2012/07/12/practical-css3-my-book-is-finally-published)
>> 
>> * Try Opera: http://www.opera.com
>> * Learn about the latest open standards technologies and techniques: http://dev.opera.com
>> * Contribute to web education: http://www.w3.org/community/webed/
>> 
>> 
>> 
> 
> 
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