Opened 12 years ago

Last modified 6 years ago

#19298 new enhancement

ports.php: category pages hard to navigate; consider by-letter navigation

Reported by: ryandesign (Ryan Schmidt) Owned by: macports-tickets@…
Priority: Normal Milestone:
Component: website Version:
Keywords: Cc: cooljeanius (Eric Gallager), mojca (Mojca Miklavec)
Port:

Description

If you're on a category page, the only available navigation links let you go to pages by number. This is not useful if you want to, say, browse a category for all ports whose names start with a particular letter.

This deficiency was pointed out to me via email by Mojca Miklavec.

Change History (6)

comment:1 Changed 12 years ago by (none)

Milestone: Website & Documentation

Milestone Website & Documentation deleted

comment:2 Changed 8 years ago by cooljeanius (Eric Gallager)

This deficiency was pointed out to me via email by Mojca Miklavec.

So mojca@… should probably be cc-ed on this issue, right?

Last edited 8 years ago by cooljeanius (Eric Gallager) (previous) (diff)

comment:3 Changed 8 years ago by cooljeanius (Eric Gallager)

Cc: egall@… added

Cc Me!

comment:4 Changed 8 years ago by ryandesign (Ryan Schmidt)

Cc: ​mojca@… added

I have considered this problem recently, and I'm not convinced by-letter navigation is doable. It might work acceptably for categories where the first letter of the port names have a somewhat uniform distribution. But categories like python, perl and php will have quite a large collision as most of the ports in those categories begin with the same letters.

Ultimately, I think lists of ports in categories are not very useful for users, and we should focus instead on having a good search function that will let users find what they're looking for. Lists of ports in categories are still a good way for search engines to index our ports tree, but they don't care that they're navigating by page number.

comment:5 Changed 6 years ago by mf2k (Frank Schima)

Owner: changed from jmpp@… to macports-tickets@…
Type: defectenhancement

jmpp is no longer active. See #44809.

comment:6 Changed 6 years ago by mf2k (Frank Schima)

Cc: mojca@… added; ​mojca@… removed
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