Deep in the gut of GlobalSpec, we've been brewing up some
new ideas to make things better for our users. The goal of all of our Selection
Guides is to offer users comprehensive and easy-to-read documents that they can
use when researching or selecting products for work or home repair. We post the
selection guides on CR4 hoping to probe the community on what's relevant,
what's important, and what we may have got wrong (it happens…I'm not a
boring tool expert).
So we're changing things up a bit and presenting the
information a little differently. We choose the Valve area because it's one of
the most comprehensive areas on the site already. The previous valves page was
very detailed, very long, and there wasn't a good flow (pun intended) to the
information. We decided to break up the information into more manageable pieces
and dedicate a full page to each topic. The pages form a hierarchy of sorts,
and allow the user to locate and read as much information as they need.
The new page layout also includes an awesome navigation
bar or scrolling table of contents that moves down along the side of the page
as you scroll. This lets you quickly return to a different topic on the page.