There's a navigation issue that I frequently run into that I believe could use some work, as follows.
Say you search for some documentation, and follow the link to (for example) a particular command reference document. I almost always find myself wanting to read another document in the series - maybe just the index, or maybe the configuration guide instead. However, there's no way of navigating to the other docs - you need to exit and run the search again, hoping that you'll still be able to find the right series. Every time you want another doc you need to search again.
Would it be possible to have a navigation menu for all the docs in that series after navigating to the doc?
E.g. If I want to configure "Call Home" on a 6500 running 12.2SXH then a search turns up this page:
You have raised a very pertinent and important point in our documentation book window design. We understand your point - in wanting to see, for example, a side navigation panel displaying a list of all related documents or all documents in a series. Having a side navigation panel would allow you greater flexibility to search for a related document without exiting your current window. Such a capability has been in our pipeline and we are exploring ways to improve documentation navigation. In the absence of the navigation feature you suggested, we have a couple of workarounds that you might find helpful.
Our standard practice is to include a "Related Documents" or " Additional References" section either in the Preface or in each chapter of each software configuration guide. These sections typically list related docs, standards, and MIBs, and should be hot linked to a book title or include a URL. You might find the reference you're looking for in the "Related Documents" or " Additional References" sections without having to run a new search. The configuration guides should each have a link to the related command reference, and vice-versa.
For example, in the the document you pointed out, the Cat6500 Configuration Guide, there is a hot link in the Note to the Cisco IOS Master Command List, Release 12.2SX, where you can search for any command alphabetically. The introductory paragraph of the Cisco IOS Master Command List, includes a link to the Command Lookup tool ( http://tools.cisco.com/Support/CLILookup). You can also reach the Command Lookup Tool from the Product Support Page (http://www.cisco.com/en/US/support/index.html) under "Frequently Used Resources."
We appreciate your idea and post and will ensure that your suggestions reach the right team so that appropriate actions may be taken. Thank you from the Documentation Team.
Making the left-hand nav items expandable, maybe similar to expanding a folder in Windows, is an issue that transcends tech docs web pages. The appearance of the left-hand nav and really the whole âframeâ around Cisco web pages is part of an overall Cisco.com web page design. I am assuming that there was a decision not to make the left-hand nav items expandable, but I don't have details.
However, you make a good point and the best way to provide feedback about Cisco.com web pages is to click the feedback link at the very bottom left of a Cisco.com page. On the example page URL you provided, you should see
Click the Feedback link to enter your request that left-hand nav items be expandable. I have sent feedback in the past, so I know that people do actually review it and take customer feedback seriously.
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