Re: 2. What's your preference: One long page or several small pages?

Subject: Re: 2. What's your preference: One long page or several small pages?
From: John G <john -at- garisons -dot- com>
To: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2018 13:01:05 -0400

Yeah - Expando is a pain. But then, so is the progress bar and the
Previous/Next buttons on the thing we have implemented here ... kind of
another reason I want to make sure it's worth the pain of doing.

And then I recall Edmond Weiss' First Law of documentation: That which is
easy and best for the user is difficult and time consuming for the
documentor.


JG

On Fri, Aug 3, 2018 at 11:53 AM Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca> wrote:

> Hey John,
>
> I found expansion macros time consuming and actually harder to implement.
> If this is the way your team decides to go, look into the Expando macro for
> automating the accordion function based on heading levels.
>
> Other options for long pages is a sidebar TOC. Before I left BMC they
> implemented a really skookum sidebar on their docs page:
> http://bit.ly/2ObHVg3
>
>
> As for personal preference, I much prefer shorter topics that focus on a
> specific concept. For web content, shorter pages give easier targets for
> people who search. For instance, the search for "test credit cards cognito
> forms" (without quotes) pulls this page automatically:
> http://bit.ly/2M0gdFr
>
> If this content were on a longer page, it might not be so easily found.
>
> Cheers,
> -Tony
>
> On Fri, Aug 3, 2018 at 8:44 AM, John G <john -at- garisons -dot- com> wrote:
>
> > We use Expand macros in places, but not for this. It's under
> consideration
> > too.
> >
> > JG
> >
> > On Fri, Aug 3, 2018 at 9:28 AM Kevin Ryan <kryan -at- harriscomputer -dot- com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > RE: 2. What's your preference: One long page or several small pages?
> > >
> > > John,
> > >
> > > Have you considered hiding subsections/sub-instructions under
> > Confluence's
> > > Expand macro? This might allow you to economize on screen vertical
> space
> > > and still keep the full load of information available for readers who
> > want
> > > it.
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RE: 2. What's your preference: One long page or several small pages?: From: Kevin Ryan
Re: 2. What's your preference: One long page or several small pages?: From: John G
Re: 2. What's your preference: One long page or several small pages?: From: Tony Chung

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