Table of Contents – a method of conserving bandwidth usage

November 27, 2008

Table of Contents – a method of conserving bandwidth usage
~James Dunn

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

Multiply support has been responsive to issues members have brought up. Yahoo has been unresponsive, so I will again request a simple tool for users to organize their blog pages; but this time from Multiply.

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 Multiply available bandwidth.

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

[a href=”http://jamesbdunn.multiply.com/links/item/2″%5DTable of Contents[/a]

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

http://blog.360.yahoo.com/jamesbdunn?p=207

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.
Table of Contents

Family Stuff

* Whatever

Things to Do

* City
o Phoenix
+ Activities (a title composed by Member)
# Celebrations (a title composed by Member)
* New Years (a link to Member blog page)
* Fourth of July (a link to Member blog page)
# Nightclubs
# Restaurants
o Tulsa
+ Activities (a title composed by Member)
# Celebrations (a title composed by Member)
* New Years (a link to a Member blog page)
* Fourth of July (a link to a Member blog page)
# Nightclubs
# Restaurants

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 Multiply bandwidth).

This is easily scripted and provides a much needed tool in the blogging community. 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 links is much more efficient and uses far less bandwidth.

A “Table of Contents” allows Multiply to conserve its’ overall bandwidth usage, and provides Members with an industry unique tool.

James Dunn

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The above was sent to Multiply.com Nov 5, 2007 at 4:45 am, however, I had sent Yahoo a request for a Table of Contents tool earlier this year (on file) and it was documented in my 360 Tips and Tricks blog page.

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