Last modified: 2005-03-27 20:28:52 UTC
Categories should display breadcrumb navigation of their supercategories.
There are a few issues here that would have to be decided:
1. How many categories do you go back?
2. How do you deal with a broad category tree?
Category:Canadian ice hockey
Team sports < Ice hockey < Ice hockey by country
Winter sports < |
Olympic sports < |
Hockey < |
Sports < Sports by country <
Categories by country <
As you can see, it can get a bit out of hand, though I think a formula can be
developed taking into account the breath, depth, and total number of categories
displayed to balance the number of categories displayed without being overwhelming.
This is the web: we should take advantage of its non-linearity. The category
system is in its infancy, as far as I'm concerned.
This is related to bug 1497.
I just realized that example wasn't even complete. This is a tough usability
challenge since the tree grows very fast, but I think that even expanding the
direct supercategories is a benefit.
I can perhaps see some usefulness for something like this as a "special:" page
(something like "what links here"), but to somehow incorporate it into each
category page would really clutter the user interface, and might add too much load.
There is a category browser in MediaWiki already, please not
it is not set on wikipedia for performance reasons.
In LocalSettings.php :
$wgUseCategoryBrowser = true;