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From David Crossley <cross...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [SITE] navigation
Date Thu, 13 Oct 2011 06:28:11 GMT
Christian Grobmeier wrote:
> David Crossley wrote:
> >
> > The Incubator website has many documentation pages and sections.
> ...
> > Another aspect that needs attention is the recent changes
> > to link colours, which have removed the ability to know
> > where one has been.
> ...
> > It is important to be able to know which parts of the
> > documentation have already been visited.
> 
> Thanks for bringing it up again.

I am raising it in the context of the whole site.

> Looking at the references I don't think we need other colors for
> visited links.

Good for you.

[ snipped stuff about other issues ]

> Another reason I don't see the need to change visited link colors is
> the nature of the docs. I mean they are docs. Do you read docs only
> one time? Not me, I read it often, it is unnecessary for know where I
> was already. This is only necesasry if I have the same link pointing
> to a page a thousand times.

Another reason for a different colour is when the same link
appears many times on the one page, as happens with many of
our documentation. Visit it once only.

The visited-links principle also applies within each document.
If someone wants to thoroughly read a document, especially over
a number of sittings, then they should be able to use the
table-of-contents to know the sections that they have not yet read.

This usability principle is even more important for documentation.

-David

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