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x/tools/cmd/godoc: show entities before cross-references #21686

bcmills opened this issue Aug 29, 2017 · 1 comment


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commented Aug 29, 2017

(A follow-on from #21685.)

Arguably the most useful godoc results are packages, followed by entities defined within those packages (types, variables, functions, interfaces, and methods). Cross-references are sometimes helpful, but rarely what I'm looking for when I'm searching

For example, if I search for rand, odds are good I'm looking for the package documentation for either math/rand or crypto/rand. Unfortunately, at the moment there are so many cross-references that the latter result doesn't even appear above the fold.¹



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commented Aug 11, 2018

Change mentions this issue: godoc: generate TOC from server-side for search page

gopherbot pushed a commit to golang/tools that referenced this issue Oct 19, 2018

godoc: generate TOC from server-side for search page
Currently, we generate the TOC for a page dynamically after page load
through javascript. This is fine for pages with static content.

But for pages with dynamic output like /search, sometimes this causes a
noticeable page jump due to extensive DOM traversal. Also, the heuristics
to calculate the no. of columns is very rudimentary and fills the entire
above-the-fold area if the no. of results is very large.

Therefore, we generate the TOC from server side itself. And improve
the no. of columns heuristic further to accomodate up to 4 columns.

This improves page performance and utilizes real estate appropriately
according to the input.

Some screenshots at laptop (1366x768) resolution.

More can be found in the CL comments.

Fixes golang/go#21685
Updates golang/go#21686

Change-Id: Ia9b6dd1e67231d992709e4ba10ebdbedfe38b564
Run-TryBot: Brad Fitzpatrick <>
TryBot-Result: Gobot Gobot <>
Reviewed-by: Bryan C. Mills <>
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