[ckan-dev] Removing AlphaPage
david.read at okfn.org
Tue Nov 9 11:23:02 UTC 2010
You want to drop browsing?!! For me it is essential to three key use cases:
a) user aimlessly exploring datasets
b) user wanting to get a rough idea of what datasets are in the d.b.,
without having to choose a search term
c) search engine indexing all data packages in fewest links
The reason we moved from a fixed items per page to alphabetical
browsing a couple of months ago was for search engine optimisation,
which is pretty important for us.
The de.ckan.net 'b' page takes a fraction of a second to load. There
are 2 or 3 screenfuls of info - hardly overloading the user's page
down key or taking much browser memory.
Sub-paginating doesn't seem useful until we see an increase in the
quantity of packages by an order of magnitude.
Dealing with non-latin characters seems a useful improvement.
On 9 November 2010 10:32, Friedrich Lindenberg <friedrich at pudo.org> wrote:
> On Nov 9, 2010, at 11:20 AM, Rufus Pollock wrote:
>> +1 here. Search is much more effective than browsing (especially if we
>> can have faceted search).
> Agreed. Goal should be to collapse list/serp/tag pages once we have facets. Really need to figure out psql factes then, though.
>> On 9 November 2010 10:02, Friedrich Lindenberg <friedrich at pudo.org> wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> I really like the idea behind AlphaPage, but in practice its a bit awkward:
>>> 1) It tends to lead to very long pages, such as the "B" list on de.ckan.net which happens to contain each data set known from the city of Berlin. This reduces performance a lot.
>>> 2) It doens't apply for non-latin languages, see http://knowledgeforge.net/ckan/trac/ticket/796 (This issue was reported by the folks building datagov.ru, they apparently have real trouble browsing their beta site, all of which is in cyrillic chars, of course).
>>> While fixing each of those issues individually is possible (1 through sub-pagination, 2 through unicode magic), I think we should just drop AlphaPage for the sake of simplicity.
>>> What do you think?
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