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Subject: Re: [boost] boost and google search
From: Nathan Ridge (zeratul976_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-11-23 11:46:14

> I am sure it is pretty common for users of boost to use google to search
> for documentation/tutorials on their favorite library in boost. I have
> found that the top hits are typically not the latest documents. For example
> I just searched for boost,foreach and a documentation from 1.35 was the
> first hit. It would be great if there is a way to tell google to update
> their links to the latest version. Anyone knows whether this is possible,
> and how to make it happen?
> This problem probably applies to any search engine but I can only comment
> on google search.

I have a related gripe: suppose I search google for "boost fusion". The first
result is:

Chapter 1. Fusion 2.1 - Boost 1.48.0

So far, so good! But when I click on it, the address in my address bar is:

When I then navigate to some page in the documentation, and copy the
link to post it somewhere (perhaps in a stackoverflow answer or a forum
post), the link is to the 1.48 docs, not the latest docs. When someone then
looks at the answer/post two years later and clicks on the link, they are
looking at a very outdated Boost version!

I think it would be better if it was set up so that when you follow a link
like, the address in your address
bar remains, not, and
therefore the link is always pointing to the latest version. My understanding
is that this is not difficult to do.

If you happen to want a link specifically to 1.48 docs, you can still get it
by following a "1_48" link (e.g. from the Boost -> Libraries -> 1.48 page)
rather than a "release" link.


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