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Re: Adding site wide menu to WPD?

From: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2012 11:39:16 -0500
Message-ID: <50C0CA34.3080101@w3.org>
To: Chris Mills <cmills@opera.com>
CC: Taylor Costello <nottaylorcostello@gmail.com>, Jonathan Garbee <jonathan@garbee.me>, public-webplatform@w3.org, Lea Verou <lea@w3.org>
Hi, folks-

Great topic, Chris, thanks for bringing it up.

I like the idea of a site-wide navigation bar. Can we have someone mock 
up how it might look? (I like your concept, Chris, but your mockup 
doesn't really match the site design.) We should be flexible about where 
this menu is... it might not be at the top of the page.

Taylor, great idea on the footer menu... I think that's likely to be 
easily done. Could you figure out how we could add that?

There's also the related notion of the breadcrumb menus, which we pulled 
just before launch. If someone could finish those up, from where I left 
them, that might be another useful addition.


On 12/6/12 11:05 AM, Chris Mills wrote:
> 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
> 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?
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