The Library Experience (LEX) team is proud to announce the release of low bandwidth (loband) Version 1.0 and a new IDE (dev10ide) view! Please check-out http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system(loband).aspx and http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system(dev10ide).aspx.

Scott Hanselman from MSDN team recently blogged about MSDN/Technet/Expression library loband experience at http://www.hanselman.com/blog/LowBandwidthViewAndOtherHiddenAndFutureFeaturesOfMSDN.aspx. Microsoft MVP John Galloway posted details on the loband feature of library at http://weblogs.asp.net/jgalloway/archive/2008/08/30/msdn-low-bandwidth-bookmarklet.aspx.

Based on your feedback on the above posts we have launched a new version of loband experience for our Library with the following improvments:

  1. Simpler Layout: Loband view replaces the navigation tree view on the left with a simpler layout.
  2. Smaller Page Weight: With no scripts and controls we have trimmed the loband version page weight by 80%.
  3. Faster Page Load: Less than 1 second load in most regions across the world compared to 3 to 7 seconds for a high bandwidth view.
  4. Improved Navigation for API documentation: I have screen shots below for System.xml page as an example for the improved navigation.
  5. Discoverability for non-english users: I have screen shots in my previous blog for Japanese pages of System.xml with discoverability features.
  6. Feedback Link: We have added "feedback" link on the loband pages to get your input for future improvements.

The following System.xml pages provide the new TOC navigation for API pages:

loband

You can click "persist low bandwidth view" if you want to make it your default. Also, please provide us your input in the feedback forum if you have more ideas. Loband pages allow no script and are designed to improve page load performance for our long haul international users.  We currently support the following views in the library to change the presentation for different devices:

Low-Bandwidth - (loband)

This is the one we've been talking about. It's a minimal view, focused on one thing, speed.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library(loband)

PDA - (pda)

The best view for phones or PDAs. Turns off the left side navigation and makes the page 100% width and flexible.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library(pda)

Robots - (robot)

Optimized for search engines. Lots of meta data, no stylesheets, bare-bones. The Table of Contents is at the bottom of the page.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/default.aspx(robot)

Printer-friendly - (printer)

Optimized for printing and includes a call to window.print().

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library(printer) 

XHTML Content - (pull)

Content stored in database without any presentation.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library(pull) 

MSDN Inside the (IDE)

When MSDN library content is viewed inside the Visual Studio 2005 IDE, a few things are added. First, the ability to Add Content via the MSDN Wiki is promoted to the top, as well as a "send" and "give feedback" feature. This is the view you get when you're inside the "Document Explorer" - the Visual Studio MSDN help browser.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library(ide)

MSDN for Visual Studio 2008

When MSDN library content is viewed inside the Visual Studio 2008 IDE. This is the view you get when you're inside the "Document Explorer" - the Visual Studio MSDN help browser.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/default(orcaside).aspx

MSDN for Visual Studio 2010

When MSDN library content is viewed inside the future release of Visual Studio 2010 IDE. This is the view you get when you're inside the "Help 3 Viewer" - the Visual Studio 2010 MSDN help browser.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/default(dev10ide).aspx

 

We would love to hear your feedback. Please click on the Feedback link on the top right corner of the loband pages to provide us with your suggestions for improvements. Cheers.

 

Anand..