Re: "new experience" in Confluence Cloud (Robert Lauriston)

Subject: Re: "new experience" in Confluence Cloud (Robert Lauriston)
From: Chris Despopoulos <despopoulos_chriss -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:53:37 +0000 (UTC)

It looks like the page tree is still there, but you might have to click something to see it? And it isn't always available, only when looking at pages in a space?Â

An interesting point -- For desktop use it looks like they're ditching the top menu bar and switching exclusively to sidebars. This makes sense in a context of landscape screens. Does anybody remember the big Mac screens that were actually LONG (not wide) -- so you could see a full page? Those days are not coming back. So Confluence has acknowledged that and found it's better to eat up horizontal real estate rather than vertical. This makes sense for a content application. Now, how they translate that to phones should be interesting. I'm sure it's completely different.
Anyway, I'm glad to see that the concept of content hierarchy hasn't completely disappeared. I don't think it's just because I'm old that I like a TOC tree. I think it really makes sense. I think people model information in that way. I think you can model MORE information in that way, rather than as a web. I think that hierarchical modeling is informative in and of itself. And I think it's useful to mix and match trees to build unique hierarchies, just as it's useful to mix and match words to build unique sentences.Â

I think webs have their place, but they are limited in useful scale. Think of how a puppy gets lost. It smells something interesting near the door. Then it smells something interesting outside the door. Then it smells something interesting by the road. Then it smells something interesting down the road. By the time the poor thing looks up, it's in a different neighborhood and can't find its way home. Falling down the click hole.... Aieeeee!
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