#174 accepted
Michael Stillwell

Add rel="canonical" latest version of documentation

Reported by Michael Stillwell | February 5th, 2010 @ 02:35 PM | in 2.0

A Google search for "bbc glow documentation" returns http://www.bbc.co.uk/glow/docs/1.5/ as the first result. I imagine "old" version of glow documentation are also returned for other reasonable searches. It would be better if the latest version were returned and/or some note were added indicating that 1.5 was not the latest version.

I think it might be possible to arrange for Google to prefer search results from the latest version of the docs by pointing to the lastest version via rel="canonical". See


(I don't know if using rel="canonical" to prefer later version of documentation is an appropriate use for this feature, but it seems reasonable. If this is considered risky, I think it would be useful to add a note to all non-latest pages.)

Comments and changes to this ticket

  • Jake Archibald

    Jake Archibald February 9th, 2010 @ 08:34 PM

    • State changed from “new” to “accepted”
    • Tag set to enhancement, website
    • Milestone set to 2.0

    Thanks for pointing this out. Agree that a banner advertising the newer version on old docs is a good idea. Will look into ways we can tell google the same.

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