[OBORONA-SPAM] [Mono-list] More thoughts on the new Mono web site

Vadim B. Guzev vguzev@yandex.ru
Sat, 12 Jun 2004 14:11:24 +0400


> I am curious what everyone thinks of the new site in regards to
> navigation.  Is it easier to navigate and find the information you're
> looking for than the old one?  If not, what can we improve about it?
> Specific examples of where it's challenging earn you extra credit.

I think the best way to organize navigation on the site is to use some
"global resource tree". Just look at http://rsdn.ru/ - Russian Software
Developer Network site, (although its' in russian...) This tree "should" be
generated from XML file or database "on the fly"... any information on this
site can be accessed in a few clicks...
There should be some mechanisms of synchronizing articles from site and the
nodes of this tree (like in MSDN).

Here's the translation of some nodes from this tree:
+ Project RSDN
--About this site
-+For authors

+RSDN Magazine
--About magazine




-+RSDN NNTP Server



On http://www.mono-project.com you have different menus for each sections
"About Mono", "Using Mono" and so on...
That's OK when the number of sections is small enough, however, when the
site grows enough it's becoming very difficult to find what you're looking
We had the same problem on our University site some time ago and when the
number of documents became very large we decided to use navigation trees...
That's the way MSDN, RSDN and so on work...

Best regards,
Vadim B. Guzev