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Re: Finding reference material

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2010 08:25:24 -0600
To: "Peter Row" <Peter.Row@oxfordcc.co.uk>
Message-Id: <552BB543-B8E4-4BB8-8DBB-44184E7F2900@w3.org>
Cc: <site-comments@w3.org>

On 12 Nov 2010, at 11:13 AM, Peter Row wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Typically I can’t always remember what is and is not allowed in  
> terms of things like HTML syntax so I’ll go and look it up and the  
> first port of call would be the W3C website.
> However reference material is completely buried within the sites  
> navigation without searching it is very hard to fine – this needs to  
> be improved.

Hi Peter,

We have several paths within the site, including for new users (which  
you followed) and for those who quickly want the list of specifications.

On the home page in the left column there is "...or view all" which  
takes you to:
  http://www.w3.org/TR/

That is a categorization of specifications. There are other views as  
well, including by title:
  http://www.w3.org/TR/tr-title-all

(We moved away from "sort by date, most recent at the top" to "show  
categories" in the site redesign; that was a tough decision because  
there are difference audiences for each).

  _ Ian

>
> From www.w3.org:
> 1.       Hmmm where could the HTML 4.01 reference be… look under  
> “Standards” heading on the left end up clicking “Web Design and  
> Applications”
> 2.       Click on large “HTML & CSS” link
> 3.       No obvious link to HTML 4.01 specification, scroll down a  
> fair bit and click “HTML” under the heading “Current Status of  
> Specifications”
> 4.       Scrolling down yet again eventually get to click the “HTML  
> 4.01 specification” finally!
>
> To save having to bookmark every single reference page on your site  
> it would be much better if there was a “Specification References”  
> link on the home page which by default showed current non-draft  
> specifications alphabetically ordered there by reducing confusion  
> and meaning you can get to the correct reference page in 2 clicks  
> instead of 4.
>
> Regards,
> Peter
>
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