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Table of Contents module - conserving available bandwidth

  1. Table of Contents - a method of conserving bandwidth usage

    http://jamesbdunn.multiply.com/journal/item/1/Table_of_Contents

    Please include a "Table of Contents" module with a link labeled "Table of Contents" located at the top of every blog page.

    Member inspiration occurs randomly with time. Therefore blog entries are random both in content and type. The random nature of reading blog pages is annoying, and requires a great deal of available bandwidth because of searching manually for content.

    A simple blog tool that would automatically grab the blog page title and associate that pages' URL

    [a href="http://jamesbdunn.wordpress.com/?p=3/"]Table of Contents[/a]

    Where the brackets are replaced by the > and < symbols.

    and open the Table of Contents to let the member drop that linked text under a member configurable heading is desparately needed. See

    http://jamesbdunn.wordpress.com/category/table-of-contents/

    for an example.

    The member would be allowed to copy and paste any linked text to more than one location; such as Activities and Location.

    Activities (a title composed by Member)
    * Celebrations (a title composed by Member)
    - * New Years (a link created by a Multiply script to a Member blog page)
    - * Fourth of July (a link created by a Multiply script to a Member blog page)
    * Nightclubs
    * Restaurants
    City
    * Phoenix
    - * New Years (copy of the above link and placed here for logical convenience)
    * Tulsa

    Another natural feature is that the linked text is de-highlighted when guests click on that particular linked text (cookie associated with links). So each guest will independently know what pages they have already reviewed (conserving available WordPress bandwidth).

    This is easily scripted and provides a much needed tool. Web designers can use any number of methods to implement this tool. The best implementation being a module that allows drag and drop utility.

    This is so simple, I can't believe it isn't commonly available. But a Table of Contents tool is desparately needed in the blogging community.

    Obviously "Table of Contents" features can always be added (ask me and I'll provide lots of options), but having a simple tool to begin with is vital for any Journal, especially one that is is informational, and 300 or more pages. Imagine having to cruise through blog pages looking for interesting content from a dial-up connection! Scanning verbosly described links is much more efficient and uses far less bandwidth.

    A "Table of Contents" allows WordPress to conserve its' overall bandwidth usage, and provides Members with an industry unique tool.

    James Dunn

  2. FWIW I have a static page that contains a complete index to all my blog posts and it can be accessed from a link in my sidebar which appears on each and every page in my blog.
    index to posts
    Also note that the FAQs also has instructions for creating a Site Index here http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/05/11/how-do-i-make-a-site-index/

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