Re: Basic question on Links and Architecture

I agree that something better needs to be done about this. Is there any kind of plugin that would generate a useful tree for different article series, if we provided them with certain metadata?

I'm definitely aiming to do this with the beginner's course, but the links would be manual for now.

At least we have the global nav now, thanks to Lea, at the bottom of each page, which is a good step in the right direction. I reckon that need to have auto generated drop down menus containing links to the subpages inside each section.

And next and previous links inside each article to give the reader an idea of where to go on to next would also be great.

Chris Mills
Opera Software,
W3C Fellow, web education and
Author of "Practical CSS3: Develop and Design" (

On 15 Apr 2013, at 07:04, "David R. Herz" <> wrote:

> So here is my question.  I reiterate that I am at the very beginning in web
> design (slowly working my way through the beginner's pages, and providing my
> insight as I go), so I apologize in advance if I am asking what appears
> obvious or is already done, but as I wend my way through the pages, I notice
> that there are no links to the next or previous page in a series.  It's
> always back to the overlying topic and down the tree to the next.
> So I am wondering if there is not some kind of dynamic linking system that
> can be used to automatically generate links and keep them updated.  I am
> thinking here of a decimal type classification system, contained in a site
> architecture table to keep everything in order, something like this.
> Page title, Code, link text
> Index	 	 0    <I would make only the zero obligatory for the index>
> About 	 1
> History 	1.1
> Today 	1.2
> Future 	1.3
> Our People 	 2
> The Owners	2.1
> Developers	2.2
> Links		 5
> Classes 	 4
> Beginners	4.1
>    Young  4.1.1
>    Older  4.1.2
> etc.
> Then, when a page calls for the next page, it would reference the table, see
> which number is next, and populate the next page link accordingly.  To add a
> page, say Yesterday in About, I can call it 1.15, or the wiki can ask me
> where I want to put it and assign a number.  New subsections would just add
> a decimal point, for instance Early History 1.1.1 , Later History 1.1.2, and
> so on.
> And then of course there would be some kind of cross-link structure to allow
> linking to different branches and at different levels, and verification
> system so that if a linked page is deleted, a warning would be set up so
> that the link could be updated or removed as appropriate.
> I would guess there are systems out there than can achieve this purpose.  Is
> there any reason we don't apply one?  Or is this just code not appropriate
> for an HTML document?
> Happy Week,
> David R. Herz

Received on Monday, 15 April 2013 10:15:08 UTC