The Low Bandwidth Version of the MSDN Library

The Low Bandwidth Version of the MSDN Library

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This weekend Mary Lee posted on the VB Team blog some tips for navigating the MSDN Library. One thing she mentioned that was interesting to me (that I didn't even know about) is that there is a low bandwidth version of the library online that you can use. Take any library URL and place "(loband)" in the page name, i.e:

Then you can persist this by clicking on the link at the top of the page:


This removes the large table of contents that displays on the left hand side and should help out those developer communities on low bandwidth connections. Give it a try and let us know if it works.


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  • Hmm, the loband version sounds like a great idea for the MSDN Help Viewer to use (when it displays online documentation of course, the local version is fine). To bad that it seems to consistently ignore the "Persist low bandwidth view" setting.

    Waiting for a new CTP/Beta version of VS2010, I've heard that the help system has been changed :)

  • Hi Mike,

    I'm not sure how it works but I assume it's using cookies to persist the setting. I noticed that if I clicked the "back" button on the browser to a page in normal view the setting was lost, but otherwise it seems to be working for me. I'll send your feedback to the doc team. Thanks!


  • Hi Mike,

    Question for you -- which browser are you using? I'll pass this info along to the right folks.

    Thanks again!

  • I'm using IE8 (on Win7 Beta or Vista) but I'm not sure why that matters. More exactly:

    1) I'm talking about the MSDN Document Explorer that ships with Visual Sudio 2008

    2) Use document explorer to get help for some .NET class/method/property etc. (note that I'm talking about the "online" help feature of the document explorer)

    3) Edit the url to contain (loband). It works but if you try to use the "Persist low bandwidth view" option then Document Explorer doesn't appear to remember that. In IE it works fine.

  • Thanks Mike, I'll pass this info to the doc team.

  • Hi Mike, Beth,

    For the low bandwidth view we use a cookie and for the Document Explorer view we rely on the user agent.  Our current logic is to honor the user agent string over the cookie setting, but we will take a look at changing this.  

    We use this feature to change the presentation for different devices.  Here are some other devices:

    We are releasing an updated low bandwidth experience later this month.  We have added some navigation links on the left side of the page.  Please take a look and send us your feedback (there is a feedback link on the updated experience).


  • The Library Experience (LEX) team is proud to announce the release of low bandwidth (loband) Beta! Please

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