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Improved Page Title Deployed

From: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 18:37:02 -0500
Message-ID: <510C519E.8000007@w3.org>
CC: "public-webplatform@w3.org" <public-webplatform@w3.org>
Hey, folks-

I just wanted to let you know that we finally deployed the "Topic Title" 
extension. We would have done this back in November, but there was a 
strange deployment issue with the extension that Denis fixed today. 
(Thanks, Denis!)

This extension changes the page title to the format:

"$pagename · $topic · WPD · WebPlatform.org"

For example:

"background-color · css · WPD · WebPlatform.org" [1]

This serves two main purposes:

1) It makes it easier to differentiate between tabs

2) It improves the SEO by inserting "WPD" on each page, along with the 
topic area (like "CSS" or "Guides"). Once this is indexed well, people 
will be able to type "WPD background-color" and expect predictable 
results (e.g., WPD as a top hit).

It still needs a couple tweaks (for example, if the pagename and topic 
are the same, it needs to collapse them), and I'm open to suggestions 
for improvements, but I hope that this helps with those 2 use cases.


[1] http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/css/properties/

Regards-
-Doug


On 11/16/12 2:37 PM, Doug Schepers wrote:
> Hey, folks-
>
> Thanks for the feedback.
>
> Here's what it looks like now:
>
>   "$pagename · $topic · WPD · WebPlatform.org"
>
> I'll try to deploy it this weekend.
>
> Regards-
> -Doug
>
>
> On 11/16/12 11:59 AM, Sébastien Desbenoit wrote:
>> The interpunct is nice but to be effective, we need spaces too. WPD
>> space WebPlatform would be efficient.
>>
>> Le 16 nov. 2012 à 17:35, Alex Komoroske <komoroske@google.com
>> <mailto:komoroske@google.com>> a écrit :
>>
>>> I think the colons look a bit weird (I think I prefer a hypen, only
>>> because that feels more common), but I like having "WPD" in there.
>>> Overall it's such an improvement that I'm all for pushing it live and
>>> tweaking as we go.
>>>
>>> On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM, Jonathan Garbee <jonathan@garbee.me
>>> <mailto:jonathan@garbee.me>> wrote:
>>>
>>>     I think if we are going to get caught up on symbols then the
>>>     interpunct [1] would be the best divider.
>>>
>>>     I do think having WPD in it is the best option since we are
>>>     targeting that for searches.  The second option I like the best,
>>>     but it has Web Platform Docs in parentheses.  Does this actually
>>>     help SEO at all at this point or is the title just getting extra
>>>     stuff added in?
>>>
>>>     -Garbee
>>>
>>>     [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interpunct
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>     On 11/16/2012 10:07 AM, PhistucK wrote:
>>>>     Why colons? I strongly prefer dashes, parentheses or something
>>>>     like that. Colons look weird grammatically/linguistically/whatever.
>>>>
>>>>     ☆*PhistucK*
>>>>
>>>>     On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 4:59 PM, Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org
>>>>     <mailto:schepers@w3.org>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>         Hi, folks-
>>>>
>>>>         There have been a few bugs [1][2] filed about changing the
>>>>         contents of the <title> element, to improve the tab
>>>>         discoverability (when you have several tabs open, it's hard
>>>>         to tell which one is the 'font-size' article) and improve SEO
>>>>         (we want to make it easy for people to search for "WPD
>>>>         font-size").
>>>>
>>>>         Currently, the title looks like this:
>>>>
>>>>          <title>css/properties/font-size - WebPlatform Docs</title>
>>>>
>>>>         I've written an extension to change the <title> contents
>>>>         (this in not something that can be done in the skin), with
>>>>         the following example output:
>>>>
>>>>          <title>font-size : css : WPD (Web Platform Docs)</title>
>>>>
>>>>         What do y'all think about that? I can change it around a bit,
>>>>         if people prefer, or I can deploy it now and tweak it later.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>         [1] https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=19440
>>>>         [2] https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=19428
>>>>
>>>>         Regards-
>>>>         -Doug
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>
>
>
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