Feature #15112

Feature #14548: Fix issues identified in the expert review done by jaster on our installation instructions

Move our sidebar to the left (or to the top)

Added by sajolida about 2 years ago. Updated 7 days ago.

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Having our sidebar placed on the right is quite uncommon for the web.

  • A better placement would be on the left, which is more common. This would also make the width of the page always consistent. See attachment.
  • An even better placement would be to use a top navigation bar which is the most common and the best practice nowadays. This would also liberate more width on all pages.

inconsistent width.png View (42.2 KB) sajolida, 12/26/2017 10:46 PM

Related issues

Related to Tails - Feature #7214: Restructure the sidebar Confirmed 05/17/2014
Related to Tails - Feature #7255: Identify which entries to put in a more complete sidebar Confirmed 05/17/2014


#1 Updated by intrigeri about 2 years ago

  • Subject changed from Move our sidebar on the left (or on the top) to Move our sidebar to the left (or to the top)
  • Description updated (diff)

#2 Updated by u about 2 years ago

I don't think that having more width is something we want: the wider the lines to read are, the harder it becomes to read (as it makes it more difficult for the eye to find the start of the next line). It's a typo/design no-go.

Having the sidebar on the left sounds good, and using a top menu bar with other important entries also seems to be the way to go.

For example, one could have on the top our main areas like "support", "About" etc. and in a left sidebar you could have subthemes for each page. This would solve several problems at once: make the page not too long to scroll, make it honor readability rules and give people an overview of the themes they can browse. Both sidebar and topbar could be made "fixed" to the screen (if not on a mobile or small screen).

#3 Updated by u about 2 years ago

#4 Updated by u about 2 years ago

  • Related to Feature #7255: Identify which entries to put in a more complete sidebar added

#5 Updated by sajolida almost 2 years ago

I don't want to make our lines longer. The extra width could be used on pages with a more complex layout like /contribute, maybe the homepage in the future, etc.

For example, on /donate we removed the sidebar and made a great use of the extra space without making our lines longer.

#6 Updated by sajolida over 1 year ago

During the user testing of the Additional Software beta:

  • 1 person never saw the sidebar. When asked, she said it was because she reads from left to right.
  • 2 people navigated to /doc/first_steps/startup_options/administration_password from /home using the link in the "Tails report for March, 2018" (after scrolling!) instead of using the sidebar.

#7 Updated by sajolida 7 days ago

  • Assignee set to sajolida
  • Target version set to Tails_4.3

I'll do this while working on #16537 for Sponsor 1.

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