Apr 132009

I made another pass through the proposed new MDC menu hierarchy today, using feedback from the newsgroups to reduce the number of clicks needed to find what you need.

As part of this work, I’ve redone the Web Development page, so it’s now actually, you know, useful, instead of being a list of relatively obscure articles covering very specific topics.

Hopefully this will be the last round of feedback for these changes so we can roll out the new menus this week or next.  I’m excited by the potential to help people (especially those new to MDC) find what they want more easily.

Something else I’m looking at doing, which I think will be a hit with our regular users, is to create a set of templates or widgets that users can add to their user page, that would create boxes for things like “File a bug,” “Search bugs,” and lists of articles for various subject areas.  This would make it really easy for users to create custom “home” pages for themselves on MDC, to help get exactly what they want as quickly as possible.

As always, I’d love more feedback on both the changes I’ve implemented as well as these ideas!

 Posted by at 5:50 PM

  2 Responses to “More MDC cleanup”

  1. I think the “Web development” page ought to have a section dedicated to advances in web technologies, linking to https://developer.mozilla.org/En/Firefox_3.5_for_developers and the web tech blog https://developer.mozilla.org/web-tech/

    Having had no sleep today, I find it hard to invent the sentence promoting those two locations…

    Also it’s obviously missing a “Getting started” page (I know, we don’t have this content, but we could at least link to _some_ tutorial elsewhere).

  2. I’ve added a link to the web-tech blog, as well as a link to a not-yet-existent “Introduction to Web development” article. Still debating what I think about linking to the “Firefox 3.5 for developers” page, as that’s a long, slippery slope to cluttering up the page too much, perhaps.