Recent Changes to IE Content on MSDN

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Recent Changes to IE Content on MSDN

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Do you read about Internet Explorer and related technologies on MSDN? We’ve recently reorganized the table of contents for the HTML/DHTML Overviews. We would like your feedback.

Hi! My name is Lance Leonard; I'm a Programmer/Writer on the Internet Explorer Developer Content team. I'm part of the team that’s responsible for the content on MSDN that relates to Internet Explorer, specifically HTML and CSS and Internet Explorer Development.

You may have noticed that we've added a lot of new content describing Internet Explorer 8 and how it impacts the way you develop your Web sites. I wanted to let you know that we're also working to improve the content we've previously published.

Case in point, we've recently reorganized the HTML/DHTML Overviews. Previously, we had nearly 100 articles collected in one location. It was hard to locate specific articles and even harder to understand how separate articles were related.

To clarify this, we've separated the overviews into sections that are similar to the lifecycle of a Web site.

  • The Creating Web Sites section contains articles related the basics of Web page construction.
  • Content Design and Presentation deals with issues involving layout, positioning, and CSS.
  • The Data Storage and Cookies section includes persistence and other data management concepts.
  • Integrating Sites and Services provides information related to Accelerators, AJAX, Open Search and others related topics.
  • Quick Reference Guides collects summary articles designed to help you find specific facts quickly.
  • Security Considerations outline the concepts and ideas to help protect Web sites from malicious behavior.
  • The Testing Web Sites section covers the Internet Explorer Developer Tools, the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit for deploying Internet Explorer, the Mark of the Web, and other information useful for troubleshooting rendering issues and markup problems.

In turn, each section contains relevant subsections. For example, Creating Web Sites contains subcategories related to DHTML Tutorials, Scripting Internet Explorer, Tables and Forms, and so on.

The basic idea is to group related articles together, so you can find the information you're looking for more quickly... even if you don't know precisely what you're looking for.

I'd like to know your thoughts about the new organization. Give it a spin, kick the tires, and let me know what you think.

Lance Leonard
Programmer/Writer
Internet Explorer Developer Content

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