Improved navigation

We’re working on ways to improve navigation in the wiki.

One of our challenges is that on any given topic we have many pages – howtos, project pages, designs, organization and collaboration, as well as subtopics, and more. Wikis have category pages, but they’re normally only used by hardcore wiki geeks. How do we make them friendlier? And how do we point people to browse the categories?

Here’s an early attempt. On the topic page for Permaculture is a notice that says:


Browse this topic’s subtopics, howtos, project pages, designs, organization pages and more at the Permaculture category.

and on the category page is a longer notice:

Permaculture is a form of whole systems design based on the sustainability of natural systems, seeking to reproduce that sustainability in our living environment.Read more about this topic at Permaculture.

Browse this category’s subtopics, howtos, project pages, designs, organization pages and more below.


There’s more to be done, and much work to do – especially portal pages, like our Appropriate technology portal.

What do you think?