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IETF Website Status Update

  • Russ Housley
  • IETF Website Revamp Project Manager
  • 18 Dec 2017

Thanks to everyone who provided further input about the revamped www.ietf.org website around IETF 100.

This was the third round of IETF community input this year.  In addition, we gathered input from people for whom the IETF is important but don’t necessarily participate in the IETF. This input has led to a better revamped website in a variety of ways, such as organizing the content to make it more intuitive to access for people new to the IETF, improving accessibility, and making it work better on mobile devices.

The latest round of input from IETF participants raised a few additional points to be addressed:

  • Some feedback noted that the “Quick Links” page accessible via 1-click (via the “Tools” top-menu item) from anywhere in the www.ietf.org website was difficult to parse. In response, the layout for displaying the items/links has been updated.  See https://beta.ietf.org/links/.  And, of course, this can be further refined.
  • It was also suggested that the meeting pages on the new site follow the current practice of making all the links immediately visible. The content management system template for those pages will be updated to make all meeting pages are displayed that way by default.

There were a few additional comments about things such as the crispness of font display, vertical padding, and font sizes but it was not clear to what extent these are general issues or what action might be taken at this point to address them. Feedback to improve the website is encouraged and can be submitted via webmaster@ietf.org.

Based on the input received, the current plan is to move the revamped website to production on 11 January 2018. This plan has been shared with the Community Review Committee established by the IETF website revamp project’s Scope of Work, with IETF Tools team, and with the IAOC and the IESG.

While the goal is to anticipate and implement measures needed to ensure a smooth transition, the IETF Secretariat and the web development vendor are prepared to pay extra attention to fixing quickly any issues that arise in the weeks after the cut over to production.

URL continuity will be an area of focus during the transition. Based on the experience of previous IETF website transitions, there will likely be some URLs that end up resolving differently after the new website goes into production. Specific plans for maintaining continuity for all the URLs specified the SOW, as well as others identified in the process of the website development, will be documented and, to the extent possible, tested before the move to production takes place.

For the past few months, in preparation for the cut over, we have been maintaining two parallel websites. That work needs to stop are soon as possible.The existing website will continue to exist in its current state, and will accessible in some manner, just as the previous website does at https://www.ietf.org/old/2009/.  The URL for that has not yet been decided, but will be determined before the new website goes live.